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Parklands of Floyds Fork

Over the summer, the new Louisville park system created by 21st Century Parks gained a name, actually several names.

Parklands of Floyds ForkThe 4,000-acre space in eastern Jefferson County will be comprised of four major parks, each named for tributaries of Floyd’s Fork: Beckley Creek; Pope Lick; Turkey Run and Broad Run. The overall park system will be called The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

The stream itself is named for Colonel John Floyd, a contemporary and companion of George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone. In fact, legend has it that Floyd helped rescue Boone’s daughter Jemima from the Indians. Floyd’s fighting career is marked with a monument in the Eastwood neighborhood. Eighteen men were killed in what became known as Floyd’s Defeat.

John Floyd In addition to the Fork, John Floyd lent his name to Floyd County in Kentucky, and possibly, Floyd County in Indiana.

Former Courier-Journal columnist Bob Hill was hired to research the history of Floyd’s Fork and the families who owned land there, to add a cultural-heritage component to the park’s educational offerings.

Hill wrote that John Floyd’s death at 33, following an Indian attack, was a "bad career move" in terms of enduring fame. Floyd is buried in St. Matthews in a cemetery that is surrounded by subdivisions. One of his sons and a grandson would each become governor of Virginia.

For more information on 21st Century Parks, check out this Season Four Feature story.

Program 504
"Louisville Life" talks with award-winning photographer Bill Luster, paddles into River City Canoe & Kayak, strolls through the history of The Parklands of Floyds Fork and takes a walk through Zappos, the big business where shoe sales are king. (#504)