Preservation Station is the former West Louisville Elementary School in Owensboro, KY. The building functioned as a high school and an elementary school from 1937-2010. A major fire to the building in 1948 caused by a strike of lightning destroyed half of the building. The school system was able to salvage half of the building and add on to it; however the building lost its original classical appearance for the station-like look it has today. There has been a school on this site of land for as long as anyone from this area can remember.
West Louisville, you say? Please do not confuse this with the large city of Louisville, Kentucky. Way back in 1854, a tiny town outside of Owensboro, Kentucky was named "West Louisville" by a man named James A, Sivers, who built the first log cabin at this point, and kept the first whiskey shop, and kept the first grocery. Local legend says Mr. Sivers must have come from Louisville. He just happened to arrive 125 miles west of Louisville and believed West Louisville would be a good name for a town. Little did he know how much confusion that would cause all the future residents of West Louisville in regards to the mail and directions on how to get here.