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Datebook: September 15 – John Bull becomes oldest operable steam locomotive 30 years ago

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On September 15, 1981, the John Bull became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C. John Bull is a British-built railroad steam locomotive that operated for the first time on September 15, 1831 and operated heavily in the United States between 1833 and 1866. Smithsonian had purchased the locomotive in 1884 and was the museum’s first major industrial exhibit. It is still on display today in the National Museum of American History.

It’s Thursday, September 15

Mayfield’s Gourd Patch Arts Festival celebrates the national art exhibition All about Gourds at the Ice House Gallery and includes a gourd-mobile racecar derby. Festival activities center between Regions Bank on North 7th and the Gallery at North and North 8th from 9 to 4:30 Saturday. Vendors, crafters, and a farmer’s market are part of the day.

There’s a Run for Recovery 5KRun and Walk Saturday at Murray State’s Arboretum. VStar, or Voices for Substance Abuse Recovery opens registration at 8:30, with the run at 9. $25 registration includes a tee. The Arboretum’s at the Pullen Farm, 300 Hickory Drive off West Main.

There’s a Doggie Day Spa and Pet ID Clinic Saturday from 9 to 2 at Carmen Pavilion on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School. Dog baths are $7. Bath, ear cleaning and nail trim together go for $10. The Humane Society microchips for $10 and has a free lost pet photo registry.

See community events for details and for your own events. Thanks!


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