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Carol Perkins: Visiting Wolf Creek and Tebb's Bend
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By Carol Perkins"
Let's take a ride," I suggest to my mother every Sunday afternoon.
We need to get out of the house and see what's going on in the world, even if we don't communicate with anyone else. Seeing people, coming and going, gives us a positive feeling that the world has not stopped even though we feel as if we have.
On one of our drives, we went to Wolf Creek Dam. I can't remember when I was last there, but I think it was when I was in high school. We went through Clinton County and turned off on 127, following signs. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to find the dam when it appeared before me. What a beautiful sight. If you have never been there, it is worth the drive. I discovered from my later research that it took ten years to build and opened in 1951.
As I marveled at the construction, we talked about what would happen if the dam were not there.
The city of Burkesville would be under the water as well as every other community in its path. This is a site every Kentuckian needs to visit. Children would love being so high up that they will feel as if they are flying. After crossing the dam, we followed Hwy. 127 to Jamestown and then took the Cumberland Parkway home. This was a drive to remember.
Another adventure took us on Hwy. 55 between Columbia and Campbellsville, turning on Tebbs Bend Road that follows along the Green River. Someone had told my mother about the famous Tebbs Bend Battlefield. Neither of us knew of this slice of Civil War history so close to home.
According to the website (www.tebbsbend.org) "Tebb's Bend Battlefield is a National Register site that is a 3-mile long loop road (Old Campbellsville-Columbia Turnpike) that contains 12 stops, 10 of which have wayside interpretive exhibits.
It was here that in July 1863, an outnumbered Union force defeated that of Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. The loop includes a 25th Michigan campsite, Federal hospital site, iron bridge over Green River, Federal stockade site, main battle site, artillery site, and Confederate Monument and Cemetery. Also included is the Atkinson-Griffin Log House-Confederate Hospital Museum inside of which is a diorama of the battle, Union and Confederate uniforms, Morgan's Men photographic exhibit, photos of the 25th Michigan and a display of local Civil War history."
My mother and I were captivated as we crossed the bridge and stopped at each of the tour stops that led to the cemetery. We thought about the young men who lay beneath the land where farms and towns have grown up around them. It is impossible to take this tour without melancholy.
Most of our drives have been down backroads in Metcalfe County. Exploring what is around us passes the time but it is also very educational. If you feel like a shut-in and need a diversion, take a ride. It will be good for your mind and your disposition!
Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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