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The visitor who has not been in Hazard for a year cannot avoid remarking favorably as to the change that the last twelve months has brought about. Hazard has not sprung up like a mushroom, nor has it had the undesirable experience of a boom.  It is not a new town in age, but it is new in spirit.

A few years ago, it was a mere village.  If the visitor of 1912 should now appear on the streets of the city he would find remarkable improvement;  A Courthouse, constructed and equipped at a cost of $47,000 and which is a credit to Perry County; the Beaumont Hotel, a three story brick building with modern equipment; the Johnson building, a two story brick structure; the Davis building, a roomy two story brick storehouse; the Perry Theater, a one and a half story concrete structure, the Empire Theater, a neat two story brick building; the Baptist church, which is constructed of brick and is as neat and modernly equipped a house of worship in any time of the size of Hazard, and last but not least on College street, the visitor will feast his eyes on a new school building that is a credit to any town.

This building has just been completed.  It is a brick and concrete structure and is modern in every particular.  The new school building is to be occupied this coming year by the Hazard Graded School.   Professor Wilson, an alumnus of Kentucky State University, will be in charge along with nine assistant teachers.

Hazard can now modestly boast of having two up to date drug stores, one well equipped hardware store, one furniture store, one wholesale grocery store, several retail grocery stores, eight or ten stores handling a general line of merchandise and two prosperous banks.  In 1913 water works were put in and while they are still in the embryonic stage, they are a great help to the town. During the same year the electric light plant was established, and the once dark village saw the light of a coming city.  Along with the water and light came new sidewalks.  But Hazard has just begun to grow; 1914 promises to be a year of unusual progress.

The Louisville Evening Post (1914)

Last Thursday Hazard and Perry County were honored by the first automobile ever inside the county limits.  We have had the railroad trains upwards of two years and that has ceased to be a wonder; we have had one motorcycle, which remained for a few days and departed from whence it came.  But the crowning glory was the advent of the Ford touring car which passed through our city last Thursday.  Now we await the arrival of the first airplane. The auto party was composed of J. F. and W. E. Smith, their good wives and two children, who are residents of Owensboro, KY.  They left that city last Monday and their destination was Smithboro in Knott County where they were going to visit their brother, the Rev. A. E. Smith.  After stopping over here for a half-hour and procuring oil and gasoline, they proceeded on their way.  One of the gentlemen expressed the belief that if this section had good roads it would become popular with the tourists, as the mountain scenery  was the grandest thing in America.

Bailey Wootton, Hazard Businessman, April 17, 1914

I watched an old jalopy see-saw back and fourth on Main street one day last week and chew the fenders off a nice new car.  This has been a habit with drivers in Hazard for years and should be discouraged.  It is never safe to park a car here.  Nothing makes an auto owner feel worse than to park his car and return to find the fenders bent and scraped to bits, necessitating a cost of $5.00 or $10.00 for repairs.

C. H. Combs, Hazard, Aug, 8, 1939



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