Now you can get a good look at what the weather is in Frankfort on the day that you plan to arrive. Just click on the link below to access a live webcam that overlooks that capitol area.
Camera is located at 100 West Main Street.
This is a free center for public education about wildlife. They have animals which are being rehabbed. Outside of one of the center's windows there were some bird feeders where I saw cardinals, blue jays, red winged blackbirds and a dove, plus a squirrel and a chipmunk on the ground.
Habitrek is a short nature trail through the woods and fields behind the Dragonfly Marsh. It is a "primitive" trail which features a sinkhole, rocky karst outcrops, and a variety of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. A 3-acre field along the way has been converted from fescue to native prairie grasses and wildflowers to provide better habitat and attract more wildlife for viewing.
The entire trail is only a mile and is an easy walk for most, but wear good walking shoes. The Pea Ridge Loop Trail is a 3-mile trail that branches off from the already existing, 1-mile HabiTrek Trail and is rated moderately strenuous to the average hiker.
Fondest memory: The outside exhibits were:
# Bald Eagles
# Black Bears
# Dragonfly Marsh
# Eastern Deciduous Forest
# Habitat Gardens
# Mixed Mesophytic Forest
# The Living Stream
# White Tailed Deer
# Wild Turkey
We saw all of the animals except the wild turkey, but we did not walk any of the trails.
While I was occupied in the History Center, Bob walked around Lexington. He took my camera (which I left in the trunk of the car) and took a photo of the hand dug railroad tunnel which was next to the station, and also the sign about it. I had already taken a photo of the train station and the sign for that
Fondest memory: Two of the signs pictures are transcribed below.
Early Tunnel in Kentucky
Early transportation tunnel in Kentucky. It was hand bored by Lexington and Frankfort Railroad in 1849. First passenger train went through on February 24, 1850. Replace incline. built 1835 just east of here, previously used by railroad to enter Frankfort. Incline built by Lexington & Ohio, the first railroad in Kentucky.
Frankfort Union Station
Built by Louisville & Nashville RR 1908, to replace depot located here by Lexington & Frankfort R.R. in 1850s. Present station was used by Chesapeake & Ohio, Louisville & Nashville, Frankfort & Cincinnati,and Kentucky Highlands. The last scheduled passenger train was C&O George Washington, April 30, 1971.
See the Confederate memorial (Frankfort Cemetery).
Tourist may also want to see the Civil War battlefield on Fort Hill.
Fondest memory: The Stars on the last Confederate flag represented the 11 states actually in the Confederacy plus Kentucky and Missouri.
The flag now had 13 stars having been joined officially by, Virginia (April 17, 1861), Arkansas (May 6, 1861), Tennessee (May 7, 1861), North Carolina (May 21, 1861). Efforts to secede FAILED in Kentucky and Missouri though those states were represented by two of the stars. The flag was designed by the confederacy as a banner representing state rights.
See the Kentucky State Capitol............
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA..........
Nickname: Bluegrass State.........
Statehood: June, 1792 (15th State)
Fondest memory: The Kentucky flag was adopted in 1918 and consists of the seal of the Commonwealth. The two people on the seal, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky's motto: 'United We Stand; Divided We Fall'. Encircled by a wreath of goldenrod, on a field of navy blue. The first Kentucky flags were designed and made by Jessie Cox, a Frankfort art teacher.
What fish is my brother after? The Bass.
Kentucky has Spotted, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Striped (State Fish, record 58 Lbs. 4 oz. (26 Kilograms)), Hybrid Striped, and White Bass.
One artifact, a carved Bass head pipe found in this area, tells me the Bass was a favorite with the Archaic Indians. Think the pipe was carved before Kentucky Pioneers faced the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Chickasaw Indians.
Fondest memory: April 6, 2002 took Carrying Concealed deadly wepons Class in Frankfort, Kentucky. All day class, 8 AM till 7 PM. One must live in Kentucky at least six months and be 21 years of age or older, to be an applicant.
Fondest memory: Effective, July 15, 1998, Kentucky recognizes valid carry concealed wepons licenses issused by other states. Twenty other states recognize valid Kentucky carry concealed licenses. To my right, your left, training instructor Mr. Adams.
See Rebecca and D. Boone....
The book review below says more about Mr. Boone than I could ever muster..........................................................
Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Mack Faragher
Award-winning historian John Mack Faragher portrays America's famous frontier hero who scouted the trans-Appalachian west for settlement before any other English-speaking American, surveyed and helped build the Wilderness Road, and led the settlers' struggle against the Shawnee defenders of Kentucky. Yet the complex range of Boone's accomplishments has inspired conflicting accounts of his life and character. Daniel Boone is an intriguing subject whose legends are enveloped in paradox. History portrays Boone as an Indian-fighting frontiersman, yet he objected to that reputation, proclaiming his belief in the Quaker tolerance of his forebears. He was a devoted family man, but his lengthy hunting and trapping expeditions encouraged the popular depiction of him as a misanthropic man of the woods. And although he served as a frontier leader of the American Revolution, his fellow officers suspected him of loyalty to the crown and treasonous sympathy for the Indians.
See the capitol (pictured below), history museum, and historic homes. Frankfort is the capitol city of Kentucky which means it is full of historical government buildings and old homes.
The new history center on Broadway is excellent! It has interactive displays where you walk through various periods of Kentucky history, displaying such things as the pioneer days,time during the civil war, the antebellum period, and visit a reproduction of a coal mine and company store. Even children enjoy this because it has many hands on activities and things for them to watch and do. Just down the road from the history center about one block away is the old state capitol building which is open and on display as it was in the 1860s. Both are free and open to the public.
The new capitol building, built about 1910 (also free and open to the public) has beautiful landscaping, and good guided tours for those interested in seeing the Supreme Courtroom and the chambers where the General Assembly meets every two years to make laws.
Fondest memory: I would miss the friendly people I havc met working 10 years in Frankfort.
The best time to visit Frankfort is in mid-September when the historical society and Kentucky arts council hosts the 3 day Kentucky Folklife festival. First of all, the music is great and comes from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, from Louisville, all around the state. In 2005, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder had a great bluegrass concert, but you could hear music all through the day at various locations. Crafts people also give demonstrations on chair-making, instrument making, etc. Food is also a big draw, everything from Kentucky "Burgoo" to demonstrations such as making Rebecca Ruth fudge.
Fondest memory: This festival is a great family atmosphere and gives gifted artisians and musicians a chance to share Kentucky's rich cutlural heritage. The weather is also usually nice in mid-September. For information about next year's festival call 502-564-1792. For information about visiting Frankfort other days call 1-800-960-7200.
Favorite thing: You should go over to Lock #4 , ask for direction's. The Ky river goes around Frankfort, ask the lock Keeper, as the time's the Tow Boat's that lock up and down will be there. This is something to see, as these lock's are very old and will only lock one barge or boat at a time. I worked on these boat's for a few year's, as a deck-hand and a Captain, so to see them lock ...is stepping back in time. The lock's on the Ohio river, are up to date and very large. The Ky river lock's, are 155 feet long and 38 feet wide. The barge's that lock are 150 feet long and 35 feet wide. So a very tight fit.
Go Deer hunting.
Kentucky has always been the best hunting grounds of the East.
My brother Linn was the best the very best.
Fondest memory: Linn shot Deer with Muzzle Loader!
Favorite thing: See..'Sundial Memorial'....Think Kentucky has 21 missing in action. The black flags and flowers show the hurt and love for the lost soldier.