FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to Naval Ordnance Station Louisville (NOSL) at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at 5601 Southside Drive in Louisville.

The naval ordnance plant was first commissioned Oct. 1, 1941, and was operated by Westinghouse Electric to manufacture gun mounts and ordnance for the Navy during World War II. The 135-acre inland site afforded protection from enemy air attacks. Peak employment reached 4,200. The Navy took over operation in 1946 and in the postwar years, employment declined to fewer than 100. By the 1960s, Naval Ordnance Station Louisville was again becoming a major facility. In 1966 it was designated an ordnance station and assigned to provide design, repair, overhaul and engineering for all shipboard gun systems. Operation returned to private contractors, with engineering support being retained by the Navy until 2011.


This marker is sponsored by and dedicated to NOSL Employees.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways; online at
www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available for free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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