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Friday Funny July 6, 2018 Unique Travel Stops in Kentucky

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good July 4th.  If you have some vacation coming up and still do not know where to go – never fear!  Let me offer you a few options in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Not Quite the Lincoln Memorial – Along Route 23 in Stanville, Kentucky sits a replica of the Lincoln Memorial.  Supposedly the World’s Second Largest Seated Lincoln. It was funded by a lawyer who, in 2017, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, then fled the country. Guess he was not as honest as Abe. remains.

Duncan Hines Museum – There’s an exhibit devoted to the life of Duncan Hines at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University.  Before “Duncan Hines” was a brand of cake mixes, Duncan Hines was a trusted author of restaurant and lodging recommendations. Mr. Hines was a real person, and passionate about good food and hospitality. He was born in Bowling Green and returned to the city after making a name for himself. I have been there and it is an interesting exhibit.

World’s Largest Baseball Bat– It sits outside the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.  It is an interesting museum with a factory tour where they show you how the bats used to be made as well as how they are made today. A must see for baseball fans and, of course, I have been there.  Take in a Louisville Bats (AAA) game while in town.

Birthplace of Kentucky Fried ChickenColonel Harland David Sanders was a real person and you can visit the Café where, in 1940, he perfected that secret combination of herbs and spices.  This is another place I have been to, there is a modern KFC attached so you can get your fried chicken fix while you learn about the Colonel.

Florence Y’all Water Tower- The Water Tower along I-75 in Northern Kentucky proclaims “Florence Y’all” to motorists passing by. When the Florence Mall developed in the 1960s, the first thing built was the water tower.  Seemed like a great idea to promote the soon-to-be mall on the water tower by painting “Florence Mall” on the tower. However, for some reason it was determined this was not a legally permissible.  The tower had to be repainted but they wanted to minimize the expense. So, the change was made from “Mall” to read “Y’all.” It has stayed that way since and is now a familiar landmark.  I have been by this many, many times over the years.

Grave of Man o’ War-How often do you get to visit the grave of a horse?  Man o’ War was perhaps the most famous racehorse in history.  He was the undisputed king of the turf during the roaring twenties. Man o’ War died in 1947, and a year later a larger-than-life bronze statue of him, sculpted by Herbert Haseltine, was erected over his farmyard grave. His body was embalmed and placed in a giant casket lined with his racing colors. In 1977 the big casket was dug up, and Man o’ War was moved, along with his statue, to Kentucky Horse Park where you can still pay homage to him today.  I have been to the Kentucky Horse Park. 

Moon Bow – Rainbow visible at night-Near Corbin, KY in an area known as Cumberland Gap. The Moon Bow from Cumberland Falls, is only visible on a very clear night during a full moon. The best time for viewing is around midnight. The only other place you can see this is Victoria Falls, Africa. The moon and this waterfall are in alignment so the moon’s light creates the “Moon Bow” in the spray created by the water fall. This is one I would like to see one day.

Shopping Center Tomb of Miss Dynamite-Miss Dynamite was a half-terrier, half-chihuahua dog who lived from 1958-1973.  She had her own checking account, stayed in only the fanciest motels, and enjoyed letters from prominent figures of the day.  When she died her owner had her embalmed and placed in an above-ground crypt directly beneath the sign for her shopping center, which the dog legally owned in Scottsville

Feudin’ Pig and Stabbing Cabin-The Feudin’ Pig and Stabbing Cabin in McCarr sparked several key flare-ups in the Hatfield-McCoy feud. In 1878 one of the McCoys accused one of the Hatfields of stealing a pig. A trial which saw the Hatfields acquitted was held in the cabin, which belonged to the local judge.  The main witness was later killed by the McCoy. In 1882 a fight broke out at the cabin; three of McCoy’s sons killed Hatfield’s drunk brother who was stabbed 27 times.  The cabin was rebuilt in 2012 on its original foundation. What adds more to vacation memories that feuds and pigs?.

Wagersville, Kentucky – On HWY 89 south of Irvine you can pass by (don’t blink) the remnants of Wagersville and yes, I am one of those Wagers.  After you see Wagersville you can take a hike up nearby Happy Top Mountain one of the highest points in Estill County.

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Thought for the Week

And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel:  it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.  ~Dave Barry



Friday Funny June 23, 2017 Ten Summer Travel Ideas for Kentucky

Happy Friday! Summer is officially here and for many that means travel and summer vacations.  If you are still searching for just the spot to spend your time this summer, here are a few spots in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that you might want to check out.


Stegowagen-volkssaurus – W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.  In 1973 an art teacher at the University of Cincinnati and in 1973 recognized that the Volkswagen Beetle had the same humped shape as the body of the Stegosaurus. It then occurred to her that cars used fossil fuels (made from dinosaurs) and about how they might become extinct (like the dinosaurs). So, she took a year-long unpaid leave of absence from her job to create Stegowagenvolkssaurus, literally “shingle-covered-car-people’s-lizard.”

Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum – Ft. Mitchell, KY -While it might sound a bit creepy, Vent Haven (“vent” is lingo for “ventriloquist”) is housed in a private home and several small outbuildings on a pleasant, tree-shaded dead-end street in a sparkle-clean southern suburb of Cincinnati. Lisa Sweasy, the curator, is an energetic encyclopedia of ventriloquism facts and history, and she understands that one of her jobs is to be candid about dummy-phobia and to put visitors’ fears to rest.

Big Sandy Heritage Museum: Hatfield-McCoy – Pikeville, KY. The Big Sandy Heritage Museum serves two audiences: fans of the Hatfield-McCoy feud and fans of Pikeville and Pike County.  Hatfield-McCoy fans are the majority.  Just don’t get into a family feud on your visit.

The Harland Sanders Café – Corbin, KY – a historic restaurant located in  Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restaurant from 1940-1956. Sanders also developed the famous KFC secret recipe at the café during the 1940s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1990.   

Duncan Hines Museum, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY -Duncan Hines was, in fact, real and you can see his smiling wax dummy Duncan Hines in his kitchen. He was a native of Bowling Green. Before “Duncan Hines” became a brand of cake mixes, the man was a trusted author of restaurant and lodging recommendations. He was passionate about good food and hospitality. .

Bank Robbed by Jesse James – Russellville,KY. –  – on HWY 68 you will find the old Southern Deposit Bank Building which is now the Logan County Museum.  However, when it was a bank; it was robbed by Jesse James. Every October, during the Tobacco Festival Parade, a re-enactment of the robbery is staged on the street in front of the Museum

World’s Largest Baseball Bat – Louisville Slugger Museum World’s Largest Baseball Bat – Louisville, KY. -120 feet tall and 68,000 pounds of steel. In addition to the bat, you can also tour the factory and museum where they make baseball bats for major league players.

Florence Y’all Water Tower – Florence, KY — When the Florence Mall in Boone County was laid out in the 1960s, the first thing built was a huge water tower. Since this was visible from I-75, they decided to promote the mall by painting Florence Mall on the tower. However, someone decided that it was illegal to “advertise” the Mall on a public utility.  The cheapest and easiest solution was to change the “M” to “Y’” so “Mall” became “Y’all” a noted landmark to this day.

Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY – There are several Kentucky sites with odd names but you just can’t top Monkey’s Eyebrow, located in northern Ballard County, on Ky. Hwy. 473.

Wagersville, KY – On HWY 89 south of Irvine you can pass by (don’t blink) the remnants of Wagersville and yes, I am related to those Wagers.  After you see Wagersville you can take a hike up nearby Happy Top Mountain one of the highest points in Estill County.

Thought for the Week

Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune. ~ Daniel Boone