Yes, today we covered such a broad range of interests that there should be something here for everyone.
There are many, it seems – and we will only have time to scratch the surface of a few of Kentucky’s outstanding and noteworthy sites.
Paducah KY is of course worth a whole lot more than $10. Its lovely and strategic setting on the Ohio River may have caused it a few flooding headaches now and again, but on a lovely fall day like today, it makes this historic river town shine.
We realized recently that the Great River Road of our Louisiana plantation days extends all the way up the Mississippi River, through ten states.
The gateway city – that is the role that St. Louis played in the march of the pioneers and settlers onward. From 1841 till 1869 – when the railroad was completed – thousands of wagon trains and over 300,000 settlers began the westward leg of their hard journey from this place, near the confluence ofContinue reading “The Gateway to the West”
Yes, I know many of you have longed for this post, ever since you knew we had crossed over the border from Arkansas. Well, here it is.
We came from Branson, Missouri, this morning, which was really an experience, just as we expected. Imagine Las Vegas scrubbed squeaky clean, and without even a beer in sight. Believe it or not, it wasn’t half as kitsch as Pigeon Forge TN, but the some of the headliners here probably all cried at Ed Sullivan’sContinue reading “American history – written and rewritten”
We thought we had seen some lovely towns before today. Galena IL comes immediately to mind. But yesterday was special. We fell in love with Eureka Springs AR.
We definitely had mixed emotions about going to Bentonville AR. I mean, the home of Wal-Mart? Evil kingdom or rural savior? Friend of the people or enemy of all things good in mankind? Opinions are divided.
The trail began in New Echota, Georgia, when the Cherokee Nation was forced to abandon its community once gold was discovered in nearby Dalonegah. New Echota contained the Cherokee legislature, churches, schools – even a Masonic Temple. When we saw it last fall, we were stunned at how hard they had worked to assimilate intoContinue reading “The end of the Trail of Tears”