Late 1800'sHighland Addition
James Henning & Joshua Speed bought and subdivided 134 acres of hilly
countryside to the east of Louisville, calling it the Henning & Speed Highland Addition.
Arrival of electric trolleys in 1889
enabled quick and comfortable access to downtown Louisville, which had become a major manufacturing center.
Newly opened Cherokee Park clinched
the success of the suburb as one of Louisville's most fashionable places to live. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a nationally renowned landscape architect, Cherokee Park was an instant success.
Turn of the CenturyContinued Development
Development maintained a rapid pace through the turn of the century, and businesses sprang up along Bardstown Road, the streetcar route. Community leaders saw to the construction of a local library, schools, and churches.
By the beginning of World War I, houses lined the streets, and streetcars and horse-drawn carriages began to share the road with the new automobile. In the post-war years, the number of cars on the road increased dramatically. Consequently, dirt roads were paved and the streetcar service came to an end.
Fashionable through the early 1940s, Cherokee Triangles popularity began to dwindle after World War II. Newer suburbs surrounded it, undermining its rural character and enveloping it within the urban landscape.
50s & 60sCherokee Triangle Assocation
Deterioration set in by the 1950s and 1960s, and the overall quality of the area began to decline. In response, residents organized the Cherokee Triangle Association and began efforts to revitalize their community.
Through the work of the Association and city officials, the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission designated Cherokee Triangle a local preservation district in 1975.