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Program 1699

1. Highway 62: Maysville and Cynthiana
2. Highway 62: Midway, Versailles, Lovers Leap Vineyard, Abbey of Gethsemani
3. Highway 68: Horse Country, Downtown Lexington, Shakertown
4. Highway 60: Marion, Smithland, Paducah, Swan Lake
 
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Mason, Harrison Counties

For more information:
Maysville-Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Information on the William H. Harsha Bridge from the engineering firm Buckland and Taylor Ltd.
City of Cynthiana
Bullard


Kentucky Life on the Road

This retrospective edition features favorite segments from three On the Road specials. Dave Shuffett takes in sights of interest along three Kentucky highways: Highway 62, Highway 68, and Highway 60.

Highway 62, Part 1

Rivers, Bridges, and Hard Hats

Our journey begins in Maysville in Mason County, as Dave Shuffett follows in the footsteps of innumerable 19th-century travelers for whom this charming Ohio River town was the gateway to the Bluegrass region. We take in the dramatic view from the William H. Harsha Bridge when our cameraman climbs atop of one of its 332-foot towers.

Cynthiana, seat of Harrison County, is one of the smallest towns in America with a full-time professional firefighting force. Dave stops off at the station to talk with Fire Chief Terry Stinson about the history behind that distinction—and to fulfill a childhood fantasy by sliding down the pole.

While in Cynthiana, Dave finds a connection to another dramatic American bridge: the Bullard company. When construction workers built San Francisco's Golden Gate, they wore hard hats invented by Edward D. Bullard of New Mexico. In 1972, his heirs moved the Bullard factory to Cynthiana. Headquarters followed in 1991, and the company is still going strong in its Kentucky home.




Anderson, Nelson, and Woodford Counties

For more information:
Meet Me in Midway
Bluegrass Railroad Museum
Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery
Abbey of Gethsemani


Highway 62, Part 2

Trains, Wine, and Prayer

Abbey of Gethsamani

Trains are the focus in Woodford County as we stroll through the town of Midway and head out for an excursion on a scenic railway in nearby Versailles. Midway, founded in 1832, was a railroad town from the start, built by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Versailles also has a long railroad history, and that legacy is reflected at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum. The museum offers excursions on several scenic miles of track. Dave takes a ride and talks with conductor and engineer Charles Bogart about the romance of the rails.

Since we've now been on the road long enough to need a libation, our next stop is at the Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery in Anderson County. Jerry Holder shows us around this family-operated business.

One of Kentucky's most serene places is next as Dave visits the Abbey of Gethsemani in Nelson County. Here Trappist monks have worked and worshipped since 1848, supporting themselves and the abbey by making such items as cheese and bourbon fudge while seeking their individual paths to God.




Fayette, Mercer Counties

For more information:
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill


Highway 68

Horse Country, Downtown Lexington, Shakertown

To most of the world, Central Kentucky means horses, and at the center of it all is Lexington. We take a nostalgic look back at the downtown of old with Harry Miller, son of Barney Miller, founder of the iconic home-entertainment store on East Main Street. Originally an automobile parts and accessory store, the Barney Miller store pioneered the sale of radios in town and later TVs.

Harry reflects on what Lexington was like from the 1920s through the 1960s, and he and Dave take a driving tour around town. It was a conversation to be treasured; Harry passed away shortly after our interview.

We enjoy the scenery along Highway 68 on our way to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, where we explore the contributions of the Shakers to Kentucky's arts and crafts tradition.




Ballard, Crittenden, Livingston, and McCracken Counties

For more information:
Thom’s Sweet Shoppe and Cafe
Cave-In-Rock State Park
• Smithland Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 196, Smithland, KY 42081, (270) 928-2446
Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area, c/o Charlie Wilkins, (270) 224-2244


Highway 60

Small Towns, Downtown Paducah, Swan Lake

Smithland

We begin in Crittenden County, where Dave calls at Thom's Sweet Shoppe and Cafe in Marion. Owner Thom Hawthorne shows him how to make a real old-fashioned strawberry soda. Then Dave takes the ferry from Crittenden to Cave-In-Rock State Park in Illinois. The park is named for a waterside cave, where 18th-century "pirates" would lie in wait for unsuspecting river travelers—or at least that's the legend.

Only a few hundred people live in Smithland today, but in the first half of the 19th century, it was a bustling port. Strategically located at the point where the Ohio River meets the Cumberland, the Livingston County seat boasted fancy hotels and hosted celebrities from the Marquis de Lafayette to Aaron Burr to Clara Barton. Doris Cothron shows Dave around on this visit.

Paducah, on the other hand, is still a busy city—but it hasn't lost its small-town feel. Nearly every Saturday night, people gather by the river downtown to listen to music and have fun. The particular Saturday night of our visit just happened to coincide with the annual Paducah festival dedicated to barbecue.

Dave gets close to nature with a visit to the Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area in Ballard County, where giant cypress trees make you wonder whether you've accidentally been transported to Louisiana. Our road trip ends with a farewell from the Paducah riverbank.




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