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boone
01-30-2005, 09:18
Most of you know that Heaven Hill Distillery caught fire in November, 1996. We lost the distillery and 7 warehouses.

After the fire we still have over 40+ warehouses left http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif The bottlinghouse was not damaged. The only loss of work was the night of the fire. Personnel absorbed the distillery worker's into bottling and the warehouse. Business as usual (from a regular worker's view http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif) From inside you would not have know that something that horrific happened at our homeplace.

The only evidence that millions of gallons of bourbon poured like a waterfall down the hill was the smell of very, very, strong bourbon. So strong, the air seemed flammable. The "news" vans, campers were camped out (nearly all week) across the roadway. This fire was one of the hottest fires ever recorded. It made the national news and it's something I will never forget.

The federal investigators who investigated the Oklahoma City bombing "tried" to find a "cause" for this fire. The end result? No conclusion http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif The fire was so hot that "all" the evidence was literally "evaporated"...We will never know what caused that fire.

It took a long time to acquire a distillery. The possibility of rebuilding was a big hope for all of us. It did not happen. HH bought the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.

A lot of us speculated that the reason HH did not rebuild was because the land that the original "Distillery" and some of the warehouses sits on was on a 100 year lease. That lease, was signed in the early 30's...I also heard rumors that HH tried to buy the land from the Rapier Smith family on several occasions.

I was talking to one of the "Smith family members" last week. He told me that they "have sold" the property to Heaven Hill http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif That's great news. I have talked to several folks at Heaven Hill just to see if this information is accurate. It is http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I also asked what were the plans for that property? (Like I was going to get a answer http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif) I don't know response, was given...

That's really good news. With the addition of our new Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center as one of the newest Kentucky visitor attractions this land purchase is just icing on the cake for Heaven Hill. I can only imagine some of the great things that they are planning http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Bettye Jo

bobbyc
01-31-2005, 14:53
That's really good news. With the addition of our new Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center as one of the newest Kentucky visitor attractions this land purchase is just icing on the cake for Heaven Hill. I can only imagine some of the great things that they are planning



It is great that they got this matter taken care of. One can only imagine what the next hundred years will bring to Heaven Hill.

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Gillman
01-31-2005, 15:04
Bobby, maybe a special bourbon will issue as a result: "2005 Commemorative Land Purchase Bottling". http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Gary

jeff
02-01-2005, 17:29
Judging my the wonderful job you all did on the Visitor's center, I'm sure whatever is planned for the land will be equally nice! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

cowdery
02-01-2005, 20:04
Personally, I'm hoping for a go-cart track.