Horse Shoe Camp

Destroyed by fire
Also known as: Horse Shoe Court, WA-220
8241 Louisville Rd., Bowling Green, Kentucky

Destroyed by fire from an illegal "meth lab" in one of the connected cabins.


Photo taken by Mike Page in July 2010



Street View 


The last owner/operator of the Horse Shoe Camp lived in the operator's residence on the property until she passed away in 2004. The property has been lightly maintained in the form of mowing grass and keeping lights replaced by her surviving family.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 1997
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Restaurant; Single dwelling; Specialty store
Current functions
Multiple dwelling; Warehouse
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 8
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2011: Updated by Mike Page: No longer being maintained in any fashion
  • March 10, 2011: Updated by Mike Page: In ruins
  • August 7, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • July 19, 2010: New photo from Mike Page



Horse Shoe Camp
Posted June 10, 2021, by Michael Page (mjoepky [at] gmail [dot] com)

Work crews began demolition of what remained of Horseshoe Camp. Even the courtyard trees are being removed. It is being razed to a completely empty lot.

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Horse Shoe Camp
Posted April 24, 2014, by Mike Page (mjpageky [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was finally able to get by the old Motel during daylight hours. It's pretty sad. Most of the stone walls still stand, though they are completely burned out. A couple gables of the office building's roof remain, but the main arch of the roof is collapsed inside. A row of 4 cabins on the opposite side of the lot are all that remain. Everything else appears to be a total loss.

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Horse Shoe Camp
Posted April 22, 2014, by Michael Page (mjpageky [at] gmail [dot] com)

At approximately 4 pm on April 22nd, 2014, a fire was reported at the Horseshoe Camp. The Main house, the office building, and 8 of the cabins have been destroyed by fire. There has been 1 arrest as of 8 pm on the same date. It seems one of the cabins was being used as a meth "lab", and a series of explosions started the fire. It's being reported locally as a total loss.

Horse Shoe Camp
Posted July 14, 2010, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Horse Shoe Court, or Camp, is a dilapidated wreck. The owner's house in mid-court appears to be the only thing still maintained, and it apparently only as far as keeping it habitable.

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