- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Capital City Museum in Frankfort has opened a new exhibit displaying rare fishing reels known as Frankfort or Kentucky reels.

Curator John Downs says the multiplying reel was perfected in Frankfort, and the exhibit has examples of all four major Frankfort reel makers.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says in a news release all of the makers apprenticed with the Meek brothers, who had a jewelry business in the early 1830s in downtown Frankfort. The agency said after crafting a reel for a judge, the brothers began receiving more requests, and they ordered a metal lathe and other tools from Switzerland for reel making.

Downs says an 1860 ad shows a low-end reel selling for $13, which was about a month’s pay for a Union soldier.

Admission to the museum is free.


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