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    Pay Your Respects to Col. Sanders

    by TravellerMel Updated Jul 5, 2012

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    Col. Harland Sanders, famous fried chicken magnate (well, mascot, anyway) is buried at the Cave Hill Cemetery, beside his beloved wife, Claudia. My brother said he expected the headstone to resemble a bucket of KFC, but instead it is a bust of the good Colonel.

    Cave Hill National Cemetery - Don't enter the cemetery by the Baxter Ave entrance - that is for a separate part of the graveyard. Use the entrance on Grinstead Drive instead. As you enter the cemetery, turn right and follow the yellow line; it terminates at the grave.

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    I think that a trip to Ft Knox...

    by bmiller39 Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    I think that a trip to Ft Knox is worth a visit. You can't actually get in the gold Vault, but it is interesting to look at. Not far from the Gold Vault is the Patton museum of Armor/Cavalry (my former army branchs of service). The museum has interesting exhibits, static displays and is located in a large park perfect for a picnic..

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    Cave Hill Cemetery

    by grandmaR Updated May 27, 2006

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    I remembered that Robert Carson Hewett was buried in Louisville, and thought I would look at his grave. I looked the grave site up on the internet and found the locations. After we stopped about 12 for lunch, we went to the cemetery.

    We found the cemetery OK, but had to follow the wall all the way around it before we could find an entrance. I stopped at the guard booth to get a map, but he told me to go into the office for one. After we got the map (it is a VERY large place), we drove up to that section and discovered that there were some graves there that we didn't expect. Both the mother and father of J. Sidney Anderson Hewett were there along with several of her siblings and their spouses and children. R.C. Hewett had a large obelisk in the center of his plot I found out later that R.C. Hewett was one of the directors of Cave Hill.

    In addition to the map to our family graves, there is also a map to show you the graves of famous people that are there. One of the famous people is

    Harland Sanders (1890-1980) was perhaps the most recognized personage in the world. At an age when others contemplate retirement, he set out to franchise his pressure-cooked fried chicken. When the Colonel (by governor’s commission) sold Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1964, the company continued to market his image on every corner of the world. He made many rich in business and his quiet philanthropy made many well-particularly children

    There are 3 different Guided Walking Tours: Historical; Horticultural; and Modern section. Dates for these tours are:

    Historical: April 2, May 7, June 11, July 9, and October 1
    Horticultural Driving: April 23 and October 22
    All dates are on Sundays, and the tours begin at 1 pm.
    General Overall Driving: May 28 and September 10

    Cost of this walking tour is $25 / person, reservations are required in advance. Proceeds will benefit the Cave Hill Cemetery Preservation Fund.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

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    Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    Learn about the history and geography of the Ohio River at this state park on the Indiana side. The Ohio River was formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age.

    Louisville began as a small settlement along the rapids of the Ohio River, Pioneers had to remove their boats from the river, haul them overland to a safe spot below the rapids, and place them back into the water. So a camp grew up along the riverbank, which George Rogers Clark officially named Louisville, in honor of the French King Louis XVIII (that's because he had helped the new country to defeat Britain in the Revolution).

    This park is across the river from Louisville, just below the McAlpine Dam. The address is:

    201 West Riverside Dr.
    Clarksville, IN 47129
    (812) 280-9970

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  • The Conrad-Caldwell House...

    by wordworks Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Conrad-Caldwell House museum is so pretty. My daughter's Girl Scout Troop had a tea party there. They have tours available and also host weddings etc. It's located in 'Old Louisville' where some of the most beautiful old mansions are located (St. James Square)
    Definite MUST SEE part of town. Central Park located very close. The museum has a website too.
    http://conradcaldwell.org. I noticed they had pictures of the rooms on their website.

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    Fort Duffield: Civil War Earthen Fort

    by JREllison Updated Nov 5, 2007

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    Take US 31W South out of Louisville to West Point, about 20 miles, as you pass out of West Point watch for the sigh to Fort Duffield on the left hand side of the road. The Fort was created by General Sherman in 1861 to protect the Union supply at West Point and to keep the Confederates from railing Louisville. The short paved road from US 31W leads to a parking lot and the trail head to the fort. Fort Duffield overlooks the Ohio River and was the perfect place to install the Union Cannon to control the river. The hike from the parking lot to the fort is about 1/4 mile up a fairly steep grade, take your time, the trail is paved and the view and fort at the top are worth the hike.

    FRIENDS OF FORT DUFFIELD
    16706 Abbott's Beach Rd
    West Point, KY 40177

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    Louisville Water Works

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Built in the 19th century as a standpipe to deliver water to Louisville residents, the Louisville Water Tower is now a National Historic Landmark. Resting on the banks of the Ohio River, the spacious facility also is home to one of Louisville's best known contemporary art centers, the Louisville Visual Arts Association. In the photo, the white line in front marks the high-water mark of the 1937 flood.

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    There are a few movie theaters...

    by John195123 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    There are a few movie theaters in town. I will talk mainly about the three main ones, where most tourists would be.
    Showcase Cinemas: Closed on Bardstown Road. Stonybrook is open on Hurstbourne Lane and has an IMAX.

    Tinseltown:
    From the Watterson Expressway, follow signs for Cincinatti/Gene Snyder Expressway. On the Gene Snyder, head south (right) (look right and you should see the back of it) and drive until you get to Westport Road. At Westport Road, take a right. The first chance you get to turn right, do so, and follow the road to a four-way stop. Go straight, and soon you will see the Tinseltown on your right. $7.50/$4.50 matinee

    Village 8:
    For older films that are no longer out in the two main theaters, go to Village 8. There you can watch movies for about $2.00. To get there, from the Watterson Expressway, go north on Breckenridge Lane. Turn Right at the light onto Breckenridge Lane, and right again at the next light onto Dutchman's Lane. Go straight through the next light, and at the next light, turn right onto Dupont Way. You will see a Chinese restaurant and Village 8 on your left.

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    For outdoor gear, climbing,...

    by John195123 Updated Jun 1, 2006

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    For outdoor gear, climbing, camping, biking, hunting, and other sports, go to Galyan's at Oxmoor Mall, on Shelbyville Road right off the Watterson. Galyan's has good prices on some things, some things not as good, but they have a good selection.

    Also, if you are looking for a more experienced staff, people who have used what they sell, and know about the products, more so than Galyan's, visit Quest for the Outdoors.
    They have two locations, one in The Summit shopping center at US 22 and the Gene Snyder (I-265, aka 841), and one on Frankfort Avenue right across from the public parking lot, Irish Rover and all that good stuff.

    questout@iglou.com

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    I just took a great ride...

    by John195123 Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    I just took a great ride today, Much better than the ride along River Road to the Riverwalk path. This one starts at Cherokee Park, at the corner of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Avenue, and rides along Beargrass Creek for a while. It is great. Anyway, you come out at the dead-end of Locust road. Remember the name of that road and turn right onto a larger road, I think on to Spring Street. Follow the road until you first see downtown, then soon get to the Waterfront Park, and keep going west along the river on the path that goes past Joe's Crab Shack and the Belle and Star of Louisville. Soon you will come upon the locks on the left, and, passing those, the trail will continue to a road. Go on the road and take a right under the bridge. Keep going. There will be, soon after, another road heading to the right. Pass it by just a little and you should see the trail to follow. Soon you will come up under the Sherman-Minton Bridge. Keep right and follow the trail. Here it goes into the woods somewhat. Read the ground, there are signs. Continue, following the trail. It forks right and left, take the left. Now it really gets into the woods. Today, the second of June, 2002, the trail soon became mud. We decided to walk our bikes upwards (away from the river) and on to a golf course (Chickasaw Park, I think). I wouldn't advise riding here, although we did, trying to find the path. Then, turn around and go back, unless you find the path and can go to the end of the county. It was a great ride, and well worth any effort put into it. It isn't difficult, not too hilly, and in all it is about 23 miles, roundtrip!

    I wouldn't recommend this to females riding without at least one male, or any single rider, male or female... not that it's dangerous, it's just secluded and you can't be heard too well over I-64's noise.

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    Louisville has a few...

    by John195123 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Louisville has a few historical graveyards. Right off US-42, between Herr and Hubbards Lanes is located a beatifully done graveyard named after Zachary Taylor. It is a war-related graveyard, dating back I think to the Civil War. Open to the public.

    Another big one is Cave Hill Cemetary, located on Poplar Level Road, between Saint X High School and Eastern Parkway.

    I don't know why anyone would want to visit these places, but I figured you might know someone in the armed forces who could have been buried here. Who knows. More as it comes in.

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    If you want to buy fireworks:...

    by John195123 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    If you want to buy fireworks: firecrackers, mortars, the cool little tank things, just head across the bridge to Indiana. There are plenty of stores there that sell them, and many have either huge signs, or billboards to show you where to go.

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    For a decent 'mountain bike'...

    by John195123 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    For a decent 'mountain bike' trail, take the Gene Snyder to the Crestwood exit (US 22) and head away from the city for around four miles until you come to a sign on the left side of the road-at the bottom of a hill- Briar Hills. Turn left and follow the road to the parking lot, which will soon become visible. Park there and start your ride. Trails start from multiple points.

    Briar Hill Park

    52 Acres located on East Orchard
    Grass Blvd.
    2 Picnic shelters with restrooms
    2 Sand volleyball courts
    2 Grass volleyball courts
    1 Basketball court
    Playground

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    I think I've said this...

    by John195123 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Horse Farms

    I think I've said this somewhere else, but one thing not to miss are the horse farms and the like. For example, on US 42, driving along away from the city, out past and in Oldham County, there are some nice farms. It's a good drive. Off of 42, before you get to the Gene Snyder and Prospect, there is a light at the intersection of 42 and Wolf Pen Branch. For a good road ride, follow these directions. Take a right (in your car) onto Wolf Pen Branch. Follow it down the hill. Take a left at the stop sign. Go straight under the Gene Snyder bridge and keep going. Follow the road. At a certain point, it will dead end at another road. Turn towards the bridges (I think to the right) and park. Get out your bike. Ride away from the bridges, back towards the road you just turned off of, passing it and climbing a hill. Keep riding. The road will turn right and go up a hill. Low gear. At the top of the hill you shohuld pass some farms (one on either side of the road) and then come to another road. Turn left and follow the road down a nice long winding hill, then back up the other side. Keep going until you come to the next cross street. Here is where I ususally turn around, but you can go either direction. If you have biked the whole way (no car to worry about) turn right to get back to 42. If you go back the way you came, you'll have one heck of a hill to climb.... which is fun. Anyway, it's a good ride, out in the country with less traffic than in the city. And you may even get to see HORSIES!!!!!! Ahem.... anyway, it's a good ride. It's also a good drive with a girlfriend or boyfriend, especially at night. Just keep the speed low.

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    If you have a boat, drive up...

    by John195123 Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    If you have a boat, drive up to Captain's Quarters' dock, passing the dock, and at idle speed, continue past the restaurant, gas station (one of whose tendants is a complete jerk and idiot) and on. Soon you'll pass another set of docks on the left and you'll go under 42. Keep going, it's a nice ride!

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