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Kentucky Color: Hwy 704 pictures take me back

Also hoping John Chowning will provide details on the "Coon Den Holler", the "Barger Place", "Puncheon Camp", "Box House Hill", the "Landing Field" and so many others including how the "John Hollow" got its name.

By Billy Joe Fudge

The pictures of these two iconic homesteads are in many ways the anchor properties of one of the most scenic byways in the Great Wooded South. This statement in no way diminishes the splendor and importance of the swinging walk bridge at the Grider place and the Amandaville community with its magnificent country church.

So many landmarks, so many hollows, so many properties, most with names of folks, families and or events that are slowly fading into the annals of the past.

Hopefully our friend John will find time in his quasi-retirement to record the names of the family farms and geographic locations so that folks in some future generation will be able to revive distant memories of the "Coon Den Holler", the "Barger Place", "Puncheon Camp", "Box House Hill", the "Landing Field" and so many others including how the "John Hollow" got its name. Maybe he could make it easier for our future families to find the locations on Crocus Creek of the "Swimming Hole", the "Landslide Hole" and the "Church House Hole".

In the midst of all your pictures, I noticed in Columbia Magazine that my friend Sam Back just passed. Sam's family farm joins the Chowning Place on and near the top of the ridge to the Southeast of the Chowning House. Back Creek Road intersects with Hwy 379 just south of Rock House Natural Bridge. His death being published at the same time of your pictures being posted is somehow, I believe, not an accident of time. The Chowning and Back places spanned the entirety of land mass between Crocus Creek and Cumberland River just south of Creelsboro.

At some point and I suppose as I've gotten a little longer in the tooth, I've come to realize that memories are a most important element in the aggregate that is our lives and that the memories of our relationships is what ultimately makes us smile. Sometimes those memories are so intense and important that the smile is framed by tears streaming down in a celebration of those relationships. Just tasting the salt perking horizontally in the corners of my mouth to my tongue increases the intensity of temporary, sensory delirium.

Thanks, Linda, for putting a smile on my face and the taste of the salty tears of celebration upon my tongue. - BJF

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