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408 HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS i constant five-foot channel. Its name was suggested by its color, which ‘ is caused by the depth of the water. ( At 153.3 m. is a junction with US 41 (see Tour 8), which is united with US 60 between this point and Henderson. HENDERSON, 154.7 m. (382 alt., 11,688 pop.), seat of Henderson County, is on the high red bluffs facing the mile-wide Ohio River. Many well—kept country estates and spacious old homes are on the I wooded hills. The town was founded by the Transylvania Company ° (later known as the Richard Henderson Company) in the year 1797, on 200,000 acres granted to the company by the State. The first settle- ment, made in and around the old stockaded village of Red Banks, was named for Col. Richard Henderson, leader of the company. On the original plat of the town, which is in the courthouse, all the streets were 100 feet wide, and the entire river front—two and a quarter ' miles long-was municipal property. Today these wide thoroughfares · and this river front, which is being made into a continuous park, are _ among Henderson’s most attractive features. On a hill in T1zANsYL- VANIA PARK, which divides the town, is the HENDERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, a two—story building of stuccoed brick, completed in 1842. A pedimented Greek Revival portico with four Doric columns and an octagonal cupola relieve its austerity. Six large tablets in the courthouse record the exploits and achievements of the Transylvania ( Company from the time it sent Boone to cut a trail into the wilderness to the founding of Henderson. john james Audubon, the ornithologist, whose home was here from 1810 to 1819, lived in a little log house near the corner of Main and 2d Sts. On the same corner was his general merchandise store and near by his frog and turtle pond. Second St. was formerly known as the Old Mill Rd., being the route used from the country to Audubon’s g mill. ° The Locxmtr House (open), at the corner of Elm and jefferson Sts., is a one-story frame dwelling on a brick foundation. It was built in 1856 for judge Paschal Hickman Lockett, nephew of Capt. Paschal Hickman, one of the heroes of the Battle of the River Raisin during the War of 1812. In the sitting room of this house is the first coal-oil ` lamp used in Henderson County. It was brought from New Orleans by judge Lockett in 1856. In 1862, when the news came to judge Lockett that the Federal soldiers had crossed the Ohio, and, under the command of Captain Shanklin of Evansville, Ind., were stationed in . the woods near his home, he had the slaves remove part of the cellar ( wall and dig a trench in which he hid valuables as well as the C.0ntents of the smokehouse and other provender. The massive front door still ‘ shows the scars made by the gun butts of soldiers who were attempting to gain entrance, when Captain Shanklin, having just learned that Mrs. V Lockett was his former sweetheart, restrained them. » _ The LAZARUS Pownm. Housn (open), 216 South Elm St., was built » in 1818 by the father of Lazarus W. Powell, United States Senator and E