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Abandoned Businesses in Kentucky

This is a gallery of abandoned businesses in Kentucky.


Rough River Lake in central Kentucky was developed when Rough River was impounded with a dam that was constructed between 1955 and 1961. Structural improvements conducted on the dam in the 2010s resulted in the closure of the campground.

Farmers Bank

The Farmers Bank of Clintonville, Kentucky, was established by William F. Heathman in 1903. 1 The modest one-story building featured a pretentious parapet across the top with the name of the bank displayed in Art Nouveau lettering. The bank was robbed in a violent attempted robbery that left the teller, Mr. Buchanan, dead in 1924. Farmers Bank closed shortly after, and the building was reused as a grocery.

Resort Park

Developed by a flamboyant individual who worked in the oil industry, this resort park opened in 1968. 2 The park has undergone changes over the years, which included the addition of the 749-seat Good Time Theater in 1983, the closure of the swimming lake in 2004, and the shuttering of the on-site restaurant in 2010. The park still features numerous camping and RV sites and a swimming pool, among other amenities.




  1. Langsan, Walter E., and William Gus Johnson. Historic Architecture of Bourbon County, Kentucky. N.p.: Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc., 1985. 166.
  2. Lawrence, Keith. “Diamond Lake being sold.” Messenger-Inquirer [Owensboro], 16 May 2021.

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