Kentucky

    Columbus-Belmont State Park in Kentucky: A Little-Known Bit of Civil War History

    2/16/15 •

    …I found a little-known bit of Civil War history at Columbus-Belmont State Park, atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Kentucky. In an effort to stop Union ships, Confederate troops here stretched a huge chain across the river, anchored on each side by massive earthworks in Columbus, Kentucky and Belmont, Missouri. The…

    Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp in Kentucky: A Coal Mine Worth the Side Trip (1)

    5/11/16 •

    Kentucky, 132 miles south of Lexington on State Highway 92 and about 9 miles from the Tennessee state line. Blue Heron is 9 miles west of Stearns on State Highway 742 in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. For information about Blue Heron call 1-606-376-3787. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway runs…

    Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge, Kentucky: The Last Wheeler Truss in the US (1)

    11/22/14 •

    …One of my favorite local landmarks is Bennett’s Mill Covered Bridge, which crosses Tygarts Creek near the town of South Shore in northeast Kentucky. Built in 1854, the 158-foot-long beauty is the only example of what’s known as a Wheeler truss bridge in the United States, and one of 13 covered bridges still…

    Must See Sports Events, This Year — Any Year

    6/10/17 •

    …the show, when there are only two players left standing. Either way, it’s the talk of the sporting world for two weeks every summer. The Kentucky Derby This mile and a quarter race for the country’s top three-year old horses maybe the most hyped up race of the year – it’s just a two minute…

    Pickett State Park, Tennessee: Amazing Caves and Rock Formations

    8/21/13 •

    …the boundaries of the adjacent 100,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Considered moderately difficult by hiking standards, the trail winds to a pair of sandstone arches like those in Utah. Open year-round, Pickett State Park is about 100 miles northwest of Knoxville, just south of the Kentucky border, on State Highway 154,…