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Kenton County Public Library Invites Public to Witness Opening of Historic Safe

The Kenton County Public Library is inviting the public to its Covington branch at 502 Scott Blvd. on Thursday, May 16 at 10am to witness the opening of an antique safe that was pulled from long term storage at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet earlier this year. The safe will be opened by professional safecrackers from Acme Lock Company.

Any contents found in the safe will be examined by the Kenton County Public Library’s Local History staff and put on display. The fully functioning safe, believed to have been used to securely store the large sums of money collected from tolls on the Roebling bridge, will remain operational after being opened.

Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, local historians and the staff from the Local History and Genealogy Department of the library will be on hand for questions and a short historical video will be played prior to opening the safe. 

A representative from the library has said that although they don't know how old the safe is, historians have estimated that it was originally built around 1870 and hasn't been opened in more than 65 years. 

Partners in this project include the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee with special thanks to Acme Lock, Anchor Properties and Two Men and a Truck.  The safe opening will also air live on TBNK Spectrum channel 200 and Cincinnati Bell Fiber channel 819. 

Overflow parking is available at the Midtown Parking Garage across from the library for a small fee. 

-Staff report