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    Blanton Forest Preserve

    by Gra8ful Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Blanton Forest is located on Pine Mountain in Harlan County and is the largest old-growth forest known in Kentucky. Trees that tower 100 feet above the forest floor are the same ones the settlers saw as they came through the Cumberland Gap and moved westward into Kentucky in the 1700sThe Blanton Forest Preserve design includes a total of 6,700 acres. This plan includes buffer lands necessary to protect the 2,350 acres of old growth forest. Our fundraising efforts, in partnership with funds from the Commonwealth, have allowed us to protect around 3,100 acres, most of which has been dedicated as the Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve. Nearly 3,600 acres of the Blanton Forest Preserve design are still in need of protection. Blanton Forest is named in honor of former owners Grover and Oxie Blanton.

    Harlan County, Kentucky
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    World Famous Chicken Festival

    by Gra8ful Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Chicken festival is each year in Corbin, Kentucky around the 3 to 4th week in September. The streets of downtown are closed off and makes room for the festivities. There is all kinds of live music and entertainment...(Now about the Colonel)...Colonel Harland Sanders, born September 9, 1890, actively began franchising his chicken business at the age of 65. Now, the KFC business he started has grown to be one of the largest quick service food service systems in the world. And Colonel Sanders, a quick service restaurant pioneer, has become a symbol of entrepreneurial spirit. (Colonel Sanders Grave: 4 mi. W of KFC HQ, 701 Baxter Ave.) (More Festival pictures on my Kentucky travel logs)

    Colonel Harland Sanders (look alike) and Nick
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    Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

    by goingsolo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cumberland Gap is located at the border of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The gap itself is spectacular, and the history behind it is fascinating. The path was first walked by Indian hunters in search of buffalo and later by Daniel Boone in a quest of westward expansion. You can learn all about the history and view the gap from overlooks or by hiking some of the trails in the area, including the historic Wilderness Trail, otherwise known as "The Road to Kaintuck."

    For more information, feel free to visit my Cumberland Gap National Historic Park page.

    Cumberland Gap
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    Taste a kentucky tradition, ale 8 (all ages)

    by jayshell00 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ale 8 is a soda beverage similar to a ginger ale. It comes in a green glass bottle (It also comes in a plastic bottle or in an aluminum can But I don't suggest them) and about any gas station in Central Ky will carry Ale 8 as well keep a bottle opener on hand. I will warn you however this drink is loaded with caffine but light in calories. There is a diet version also avalible.It is only made in a factory in Winchester Ky, (east of Lexington on i-64) It is a family owned and locally operated buisness which has been around for quite a while. I hear that you can get tours of the factory but I have never tried it. But even if you are not a tour person you should try a ice cold Ale 8 (in a glass bottle) just once. Wise tales say it will calm jittered nerves or cure sick tummys. Some people such as my husband loves it so much they make icecream shakes out of it, and make there wives (ME) buy it by the case whenever possible to drag across country, While others like me refur to it as swamp water. But what ever you decide it is worth a swallow just to say you did

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    Boat ride on the Kentucky River

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Near Shakertown is a pier where you can board a small excursion boat named the Dixie Belle. Here is one of the most spectacular and colorful riverboat trips in the US. The Kentucky River has cut a deep, beautiful canyon through the limestone hills of central Kentucky; this is the best way to see it. This is from April to October.

    For tickets, visit Shakertown in Pleasant Hill, at their website:

    The Dixie Belle on the Kentucky River The Kentucky River valley The High Bridge, a railroad bridge over the river Limestone cliffs overlooking the river
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    Jim Beam's American Outpost

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, home of the most famous bourbon in the world. Learn about what bourbon whiskey is, how it's made, and the people who have been crafting it for over a century and a half. This is a true American art form. And as a patron of the arts, I go out of my way to support it.

    You must be at least 21 to enter the website below.

    That's me, in front of my favorite place Barrels in which bourbon whiskey is aged One of Jim Beam's warehouses, where the bourbon ag
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    Kentucky Horse Park

    by Ky_Happy_Dad Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Kentucky Horse Park would be of interest to people that love horses. The park museum has hosted special exhibits such as Horses in the Brittish Empire and Horses in Imperial China. The park also brings in special horse shows such as the Rolex 3 Day Event pictured below.

    Rolex 3-Day Event
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    A very deep dark hole in the ground

    by Ky_Happy_Dad Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A visitor to Kentucky traveling Interstate 65 south to Bowling Green that enjoys caving should visit the Mammoth Cave National Park and take one of the cave tours. The most popular tours are booked in advance. Call ahead for reservations. The park also encompasses almost 53,000 acres which has surface activity including hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
    This is the largest documented cave in the world with 350 known miles of passageways, and they find new passages all the time. The National Park Service does a good job explaining the history of the cave, and how it was formed. Multiple tours are available depending on the physical condition and interest of the vistors.

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    Daniel Boone's Grave

    by traveldave Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    Daniel Boone's Grave is situated on a ridge in Frankfort Cemetery overlooking the small city of Frankfort. He died in 1820, but his remains, and those of his wife Rebecca, were interred in Frankfort Cemetery in 1845. His gravesite is one of the most popular attractions in Frankfort.

    Daniel Boone was a pioneer, explorer, and hunter whose exploits in the wilderness of Kentucky made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Usually depicted with a coonskin cap, he is also one of the most iconic figures in American history. Among all the things he did, Daniel Boone is most famous for the exploration and settlement of Kentucky.

    Born in 1734 in Virginia, Daniel Boone grew to be a hunter, providing meat to the settlements on the eastern slope of the Appalachian Mountains. Never satisfied to stay in one place too long, he blazed the Wilderness Trail through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, which lay beyond the borders of the original Thirteen Colonies. (By the end of the eighteenth century, more than 200,000 people had entered Kentucky via Boone's Wilderness Trail).

    While in Kentucky, Daniel Boone explored the Bluegrass Region between 1769 and 1771, and established Fort Boonesborough in 1775. Fort Boonesborough was one of the first English-speaking settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains. And during the American Revolutionary War, Daniel Boone fought throughout Kentucky against Indian tribes allied with the British.

    Although he later emigrated to Missouri, and died there, his remains were brought back to Kentucky, the state he explored, tamed, and opened up to settlement.

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    The Locust Grove House

    by traveldave Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    Constructed in about 1790, the Locust Grove House was the home of American Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark. Famous for capturing the Northwest Territory from the British in 1779, and founding the city of Louisville, Clark resided at the Locust Grove House with his sister, Lucy Clark Croghan, and her family in his later years.

    Clark's younger brother, William Clark, and his exploring partner Meriwether Lewis spent some time at the Locust Grove House after returning from their epic Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

    Nowadays, the historic Georgian home is located on 55 acres (22 hectares) of woods and meadows, along with its outbuildings. The house features outstanding exhibits of early American furniture and art, and provides a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftmanship, and history.

    The Locust Grove House has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

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    The Confederate Monument

    by traveldave Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    The Confederate Monument was erected in 1895 by the Kentucky Women's Confederate Monument Association to honor Confederate soldiers killed during the American Civil War. It was completed to coincide with the 29th annual reunion of the Grand Army of the Republic.

    Although Kentucky was officially a Union state, Kentuckians had divided loyalties during the American Civil War and were forced to choose sides. Many Kentuckians were slave owners, and their slaves were not freed until 1865, when the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlawing slavery was adopted in that year.

    The granite monument stands 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Its three bronze figures, of an artilleryman, cavalryman, and infantryman, were sculpted in Munich by Ferdinand von Miller the Younger.

    The Confederate Monument has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The AEGON Center

    by traveldave Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    The 35-story AEGON Center is Louisville's tallest building, and is the tallest building in Kentucky as well. It rises to a height of 549 feet (167 meters).

    The building was designed by architect John Burgee with the architectural firm of Philip Johnson. The reinforced concrete building was completed in 1993. Its most distinguishing feature is its 80-foot (24-meter) Romanesque dome that was inspired by the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The dome is illuminated from its interior at night. From late November through December, the usual white lighting is changed to red and green in honor of the Christmas season.

    The AEGON Center offers 633,650 square feet (58,868 square meters) for office space and 18,787 square feet (1,745 square meters) for retail space.

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    The Speed Art Museum

    by traveldave Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    Originally called the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, the Speed Art Museum was established in 1927 by Hattie Bishop Speed in memorial to her husband James Breckenridge Speed, a prominent Louisville businessman, art collector, and philanthropist. It is the oldest, largest, and most important art museum in Kentucky, with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection.

    The Speed Art Museum's collection spans more than 6,000 years, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The museum has an impressive collection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, eighteenth-century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and significant holdings of contemporary American painting and sculpture. Other forms of artwork in the museum's collection include furniture and decorative arts by Kentucky artists. African and American Indian works also represent a growing segment of the museum's collection.

    Some of the more prominent artists whose works are on display include Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gaugin, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Peter Paul Rubens, and James Whistler. The museum's most important piece, however, is Rembrandt's Portrait of a Woman.

    The art museum also hosts programs for the public that include the Speed Concert Series, the Art Sparks Interactive Family Gallery, and Art After Dark.

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    The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

    by traveldave Updated Nov 23, 2010

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    Dedicated in 1983, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts was the result of a major public/private partnership to bring the performing arts to Louisville. Its gala opening event was attended by such celebrities as Charlton Heston, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Lily Tomlin, and Diane Sawyer.

    Productions at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts are staged in one of three halls and theaters. The Robert S. Whitney Hall seats 2,406, and was named after the founding conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. The Moritz von Bomhard Theatre seats 619, and was named after the founder of the Kentucky Opera. And finally, the Boyd Martin Theatre seats 139, and was named after a film and theater critic for the Louisville Courrier-Journal.

    Resident companies include Stage One, the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Opera, the Louisville Ballet, and PNC Broadway in Louisville.

    Artworks displayed in and around the building include works by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, John Chamberlain, and Jean Dubuffet.

    The performing arts center also sponsors educational programs for children and adults that are conducted in cities and towns throughout Kentucky.

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    The Police Memorial

    by traveldave Updated Nov 22, 2010

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    The Police Memorial is located in Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville. It was erected in 1992 to honor the more than 100 Louisville police officers killed in the line of duty. The names of the fallen heroes are etched at its base, and it is topped by an eternal flame. An inscription on the base of the monument reads:

    "Dedicated to the memory of those law enforcement officers
    who have given their lives in the line of duty."

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