DAYTON, Ky. (AP) — Browse a history museum in the small city of Dayton and you'd expect to find yellowed newspaper clippings of big events, black-and-white photographs of buildings and documents detailing major floods.
But what about a pair of white, ankle-high baby shoes from the old Rifkin Shoes in Dayton? Or a painted whiskey decanter shaped like a firefighter with the booze still inside?
From the anticipated historical items to the surprising, these are just a smattering of treasures tucked inside the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum that recently opened.
The man behind the museum is Dayton town historian Charlie Tharp. Now 88 and a Fort Thomas resident, Tharp was 1 year old when his family moved to Dayton and has never abandoned the city where he grew up.