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Program 1708

1. In Memoriam
2. Historical Marker 209—Saltpetre Cave
3. Wooldridge Monuments
4. Oven Fork Mercantile
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Fayette and Kenton counties

For more information:
Douwe Studios
UK Design Helps Create 9/11 Memorial, from UK News.

Producer/Editor: Matt Grimm
Videographers: Matt Grimm, Brandon Wickey
Audio Post: Brent Abshear


In Memoriam

Communities grieving the sudden loss of fellow citizens in unexpected tragedies have always erected public memorials to pay their respects. To remember the victims of the Flight 5191 tragedy in Lexington and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, two very different memorials were created.

Artist Douwe Blumberg's Flight 5191 Memorial is a sculpture of birds taking flight. The 49 stylized birds represent the 49 people who died in the August 2006 crash at the Lexington airport. The art as a whole represents souls flying to the heavens, but the sculpture also incorporates individual memories: Each of the birds holds a stainless steel cannister with mementoes placed within by family and friends. The sculpture is on display on the grounds of the Arboretum in Lexington.

Pieces of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center are being used in 9/11 memorials across the country. In Covington, the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice asked the University of Kentucky College of Design to help create a memorial from a salvaged piece of I-beam. The salvaged steel is displayed on a concrete base that is twisted to match the way the beam was bent in the collapse. Hospice counselors believe this memorial, created from the ruins of 9/11, can be a symbol of hope for all of those who are in mourning.




Carter County

For more information:
Carter Caves History

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Marker 209—Saltpetre Cave

Back in the War of 1812, the Saltpetre Cave at Carter Caves was a source of the nitrates used to make gunpowder. Today visitors take guided tours through this historic cave to learn more about its important role in wartime America.

Kentucky led the nation in saltpeter production in the early 1800s. The state's many limestone caves were put to use filling the wartime demand for gunpowder. Mining operations were set up to extract the nitrates from the dirt.

According to an article by Susan Duncan in the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, Saltpetre Cave had the potential to have produced 29 percent of the state's total output of saltpeter in 1812.




Graves County

For more information:
Henry Wooldridge biography from the City of Mayfield

Producer: Tom Thurman
Videographer: Jason Robinson
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Wooldridge Monuments

An unusual gravesite in Mayfield has 18 monuments, but only one man is buried here. Henry Wooldridge (1822-1899), a retired colonel and horseman, had memorial statues made of his mother, brothers and sisters, and his nieces to keep him company in his solitary gravesite. Even his beloved hunting dogs are immortalized in stone, as well as a fox and deer to complete the scene.

Known as "The Strange Procession that Never Moves," Wooldridge's gravesite captured the imagination of artists like Depression-era photographer Walker Evans and writer William Faulkner.

In this segment, Kentucky author Bobbie Ann Mason illuminates the story behind the gravesite, and Wendell Berry reads excerpts from Faulkner's "Sepulture South: Gaslight."




Letcher County

For more information:
Oven Fork Mercantile, 8494 U.S. 119S, Oven Fork, Ky. 40861; phone: 606-633-8909

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Jim Piston


Oven Fork Mercantile

Back in the old days, people came to the local mercantile to trade their eggs and other farm products for bolts of cloth and other goods. The spirit of those days is kept alive at Letcher County's Oven Fork Mercantile.

The store practices the old ways of trade, bartering, and selling on consignment. No longer a grocery store, Oven Fork Mercantile now keeps an inventory of art, books, music, crafts, antiques, and homemade candies.

Oven Fork began life in 1930 a grocery store and gas station. In 1945, one side of the room became the Oven Fork Post Office, which remained in use until closing in 1988. The flag raised each day at the post office now hangs on the wall as a quilt, just another way this mercantile preserves its past.





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