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Carriage Step

The Selbert’s carriage step on display at the Capital City Museum.
(Photo by N. Hughes.)

A Step into Frankfort History

The Capital City Museum has acquired another interesting reminder of the history of family-run businesses in downtown Frankfort.   Walter Weitzel III has donated a carriage step – also known as a mounting block - that sat for decades in front of Selbert’s Jewelry Store on Saint Clair Street.  Once, steps like this were features of downtown streets nationwide.  They helped people get into and out of carriages and to mount their horses.

Philip and Mary Selbert established Selbert’s Jewelry Store on the east side of St. Clair Street in 1872. The Selberts came to Frankfort from Bavaria by way of Cincinnati.  The store moved across the street in 1890, shortly after Philip Selbert’s death.  It has been there ever since, and it is one of Frankfort’s oldest businesses.  Weitzel is the modern-day owner, and he is a relative of the Selbert family.

A  Selbert Jewelry on east side of St Clair-prior to moving across street in 1896-363  SMALL

This photograph, made shortly after the current location of Selbert’s opened for business, shows the carriage step in the location it occupied for many years.

A 226-Lynch Marble Works-Broadway-Richard Lynch-Died Dec 1950-in Fr Cem-smALL

Frankfort Marble and Granite Works, makers of the Selbert’s carriage step and an untold number of tombstones, occupied this building on the east end of Broadway – conveniently close to the Frankfort Cemetery, where many of their products still can be seen.

This distinctive step was manufactured by another Frankfort business.  Richard J. Lynch operated Frankfort Marble and Granite Works on Broadway near its intersection with East Main Street.

For more information, contact the Capital City Museum at 502-696-9127 or russh@mis.net.

 

 

 

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