We made it home safe…whether we can say sound is debatable. 855 miles in all from Friday thru Sunday. We had to deal with some rain on Saturday, but we were pretty much able to travel around the showers. We got a little wet, but never soaked. Thanks to all the readers who made suggestions on place to visit. We certainly took in a few of those when we could work it out. What follows are a few highlights from the weekend.
The Jefferson Davis Monument
The Jefferson Davis monument is located in Fairview Kentucky. It is at the site where Jefferson Davis, who would become the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was born. Ironically, the man who would be his chief adversary in the war, Abraham Lincoln, was born less than 100 miles away in Hodgenville KY.
At 351 feet tall, it is the largest [unreinforced] concrete obelisk in the world, and the fifth tallest monument in the United States. The top four are St. Louis’s Gateway Arch, 630 feet tall; San Jacinto (Texas) Monument, 570 feet (built to the peoples who created an independent country — just like the Confederates); the Washington Monument, 555 feet; and the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put in Bay, Ohio, which, at 352 feet, nudges its way past the Davis obelisk by a mere extra 12 inches. More on the Jefferson Davis Memorial.
No, that’s not a decorative helmet. The monument happens to be behind me in the background.
The world renown Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro Kentucky filled the bill for these weary travelers late Friday afternoon. The food was excellent.
My buddy Mike in…
….The Cave I Never Saw
Ease on down the road
Highway 146 out of Vienna KY.
This is me and the lovely lady in the background is my wife Patn. This was taken on a Kentucky backroad Sunday morning.
The Missouri Wall of Fame is a mural that was painted on the Mississippi River flood wall at Cape Girardeau Missouri. It depicts 45 famous people who were born in the state or achieved fame while living there. A list of those people can be found here.