Salt River Chapter

Shepherdsville, Kentucky


Catherine Jane Barrett Hardin, Regent

Karen Wallace, Vice Regent

Bonnie Strange, Chaplain

Karen Ball, Recording Secretary

Barbara Moore, Corresponding Secretary

Karen Wallace, Treasurer

Robyn Crigler Registrar

Loretta Sharp, Historian

Betty Darnell, Librarian


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The Salt River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized April 13, 2013, with the following 18 organizing members: Billye D. Jackson, Karen Rhea Ball, Patricia Allen Baumann, Ruth Marie Chowning, Betty R. Darnell, Charlotte C. Glance, Heather Cox Hall, Nell Hall, Sue Katherine Ireland, Brenda Kabler, Marilyn Maryman Lee, Barbara Moore, Joan Weatherholt Nunn, Sara Overall Price, Megan Rinesmith, Karen Wallace, Allison M. White, and Genevra Whitney.


We are adding new members until the one-year charter date arrives on April 18, 2014. We currently have 5 charter members: Deborah Andrew, Beverly Owen, Goldie (Cissy) Boone, Bonnie Strange, and Christina Delk.


The chapter takes its name from the Salt River at Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The Salt River is a 150-mile-long (240 km)[1] river in Kentucky that drains 2,920 square miles (7,600 km2). It begins near Parksville, Kentucky, rising from the north slope of Persimmon Knob south of KY HWY 300 between Alum Springs and Wilsonville, and ends at the Ohio River near West Point. Taylorsville Lake is formed from the Salt River, and Guist Creek Lake is also in its drainage basin via Brashear's Creek and Guist Creek. There is no salt in Salt River. This name came about from the use of it for shipping salt in early Kentucky and Bullitt county history. Serving Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee territories, salt was shipped in barrels down the Salt, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers on to New Orleans. Shepherdsville then developed near the licks and became the county seat. Salt, taken for granted today, was a precious commodity to pioneers. Fires kept row after row of huge, black kettles boiling to yield a few bushels of salt each day, which was shipped by flatboats on the Ohio River and was sent from Pittsburgh and New Orleans. This river was difficult to navigate and still is, filled with rocks and shallow areas. It is frequently used now for recreation by canoeists, kayakers, and fishing. It flows from Shepherdsville to the Ohio River, passing through the lands of Fort Knox Military Base. At an organizational meeting, the group of members and interested prospects offered a selection of names, from which the three top choices were made and sent to the National Society for their selection. Salt River, a major river crossing Bullitt County, was selected from the three.




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