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  Nature Station with Grazing Bison
by deecat

You might want to start a tour of Kentucky in the far western region where the Ohio River empties into the Mississippi River at the town called Wickliffe. More than a 1,000 years ago, Indians had their own town where Wickliffe now stands. Today, The Wickliffe Mounds Museum contains tools that those ancient people once used.
This long, narrow piece of land called Western Kentucky has some of the state's most beautiful wildlife, but it also has historic landmarks too.
Up the Ohio from Wickliffe is Paducah, an important port on the river. My parents lived about one hour from there, so they went to Paducah frequently. I myself have shopped in the modern malls, walked the Riverfront, & explored the many antique shops nearby.
Southeast of Paducah is another town near my parents called Murray, which is home to Murray State University. I've been to the National Boy Souting Museum there where Kentuckian Daniel Beard was the main founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
There's also a wonderful vacationland just east of Murray with two huge man-made lakes & the land between them. The lakes are called Lake Barkley (named for Vice President Alben W. Barkley) & Kentucky Lake (on which my parents lived). Inbetween the two lakes, it's called Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. It's home to a herd of bison that stay at the Nature Station. They were reintroduced into this area where they were once plentiful and roamed freely. They are protected there so that they can live safely. It quite a site to see.
There's also an 1800s farm, a nature center, and a planetarium. It's great for families here.
It's located on the border with Tennessee and was not opened until 1963. When we were at the park, we learned about pre-Civil War farm life at the Homeplace with its 16 log buildings where early-nineteenth-century crafts are demonstrated. There are soap makers stirring liquid pots of soap, whittlers carving figures out of wood, & blacksmiths making horseshoes.

Directions: Land Between the Lakes National recreation Area is actually between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2005
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