Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State

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A winding trail leads from the falls, half a mile down the river to LITTLE EAGLE FALLS, small but picturesque, surrounded by heavily wooded hills. It is said that this spot was regarded as a sacred place by the Indians who guarded it day and night and even fought a battle (the Indian Battle of Shiloh) in its defense. On the south side of the river is a CLIFF WALK, a narrow ledge high above the water, which winds around the shoulders of the hill until it reaches a shelter house at the top.

A fine growth of yellow pine crowns the ridges, while on the steep slopes and ravines leading down to the river is a mixed forest growth of hemlock, tulip, magnolia, oak, sweetgum, dogwood, and holly, the latter especially abundant and of large size. Azalea, rhododendron, spicebush, Stewartia, blueberry, St.-John's-wort, and strawberry bush are among the many plants.

The old MOONBOW INN, on a ledge above the falls, is so named because in the full of the moon Cumberland Falls has a moonbow, a spectrum formed in the mist -- one of the few to be seen on this continent. Moonbow Inn is a rambling two-story frame structure, erected in the 1860's, and later restored. The main building forms an ell that faces the falls. A two-story porch extends entirely across the faqade next to the river.

DUPONT LODGE, named in honor of T. Coleman du Pont, stands on a ridge overlooking the Cumberland River, one mile from the falls. It is built of wood and stone.

The 900,000-acre CUMBERLAND NATIONAL FOREST, encircling Cumberland Falls State Park, contains thousands of acres of virgin timber and a variety of wild game including deer, black bear, and smaller fur-bearing animals, as well as wild turkey, quail, and waterfowl.

A thickly wooded region of hills lies between the Cumberland River, crossed by a ferry (free), and PARKER'S LAKE, 30.2 m. (1,256 alt., 200 pop.), which is at the junction with US 27 (see Tour 3).


Tour 5

Warsaw -- Frankfort -- Lawrenceburg -- Harrodsburg -- Danville -- Jamestown -- Albany -- ( Chattanooga, Tenn.); State 35. Warsaw to Tennessee Line, 187.7 m.

Hard-surfaced roadbed between Warsaw and Liberty, graveled between Liberty and Jamestown, and graded between Jamestown and Tennessee Line. Southern Ry. parallels route between Lawrenceburg and Danville. All types of accommodations in larger towns; limited elsewhere.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • List of Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Events xxvii
  • Part I - Kentucky: the General Background 1
  • Kentuckians 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • Archeology and Indians 28
  • History 35
  • Agriculture 50
  • Transportation 56
  • Manufacturing and Mining 60
  • Labor 66
  • The Negro 72
  • Religion 77
  • Education 83
  • Folklore and Folk Music 89
  • Kentucky Thorough- Breds 94
  • Press and Radio 102
  • The Arts 110
  • Part II - Cities and Towns 137
  • Ashland 139
  • Covington 147
  • Frankfort 157
  • Harrodsburg 168
  • Louisville 175
  • Lexington 197
  • Paducah 221
  • Part III - Highways and Byways 231
  • Tour 1 233
  • Tour 2 242
  • Tour 3 246
  • Tour 4 261
  • Tour 4a 274
  • Tour 4b 279
  • Tour 5 280
  • Tour 6 288
  • Tour 7 296
  • Tour 7a 309
  • Tour 8 315
  • Tour 9 322
  • Tour 10 324
  • Tour 11 329
  • Tour 12 334
  • Tour 12a 341
  • Tour 13 344
  • Tour 14 351
  • Tour 15 362
  • Tour 16 387
  • Tour 17 414
  • Tour 17 A 419
  • Tour 18 424
  • Tour 19 433
  • Tour 20 441
  • Part IV - Appendices 449
  • Chronology 451
  • Selective Bibliography 462
  • Index 471
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