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Program 1906

1. Daniel Boone's Bones
2. Historical Marker 1924—Campbellsville University
3. Downtown—Somerset
4. Coal Country Beeworks
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Franklin County

Producer: Paul Smith
Videographer: John Bacon
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Doug Collins


Daniel Boone's Bones

Daniel Boone wasn't born in Kentucky, and he didn't die here, but we still regard him as our favorite son. He was held in such high regard that 25 years after his death in Missouri in 1820, Kentuckians brought his bones, and those of his wife, Rebecca, back to Kentucky. The bones were reinterred at Frankfort Cemetery on a scenic spot overlooking the Kentucky River. A granite monument was erected.

The gravesite is the number one tourist attraction in the city—but is Daniel Boone really buried there?

The Friends of Daniel Boone's Burial Site in Marthasville, Missouri, aren't so sure, and the controversy has simmered for years. Much has been disputed: Did Daniel's son Nathan really give permission for the bones to be disinterred? Was the proper grave dug up? If so, were all of the bones removed?

Some say that back in Missouri, Daniel was originally buried at Rebecca's feet, so the bones next to her weren't Daniel's. Over the years, researchers have pored over old records trying to solve the mystery. The skull buried in the Frankfort grave has even been exhumed and examined, but results were inconclusive.

Finally, some say that not all of Daniel's bones were removed to Frankfort. In fact, some Missouri historians say their research shows that only the larger bones were taken by the Kentucky delegation—which would mean that Daniel Boone has two graves.

 



Taylor County

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Kentucky Historical Markers

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Marker 1924—Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University got its start as a Baptist school in the early 20th century. The Russell Creek Academy was founded in Taylor County in 1906 by the Russell Creek Association of Baptists. The academy offered classes for elementary and high school grades as well as teacher training.

The academy became a junior college in 1924. A disastrous fire burned the library and administration building in 1939. From the ashes, however, new buildings were built. The school prospered, and was christened Campbellsville College in 1960.

The college became Campbellsville University in 1996 and began to offer graduate programs. To mark its 100th anniversary, the university dedicated Ransdell Chapel in 2007.

 



Pulaski County

Producer: Amy Hess
Videographers: Mike Benton, Matt Webb
Editor: Matt Webb


Downtown—Somerset

Amy Hess gives us a tour of downtown Somerset, where a $1 million renovation of Fountain Square has been completed. On hand for the official dedication of Fountain Square, Amy also discovers the shops, restaurants, and other attractions that make this downtown a pleasure for townsfolk and visitors alike.

This historic downtown was first settled in 1798 and named after Somerset County in New Jersey, the original home of the first settlers. The town is committed to restoring and maintaining its historic buildings. Fountain Square remains the center of town, and a bronze statue of favorite son John Sherman Cooper stands on the square.

Its proximity to Lake Cumberland means Somerset draws thousands of tourists annually. The town is also home to the popular classic car show Somernites Cruise from April through October, as well as the Master Musicians Festival in July.

 



Perry County

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Coal Country Beeworks

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Producer: Brandon Wickey
Videographer: Jaxon Combs, Brandon Wickey
Audio: Chris Cheek

Coal Country Beeworks

Bees once thrived in Appalachia, but mites wiped out large colonies in the 1980s. An initiative at Eastern Kentucky University is working to rebuild the bee population by creating new habitat on reclaimed coal mines.

Coal Country Beeworks, part of EKU's Environmental Research Institute, is collaborating with coal companies to reclaim surface mine sites with forage for bees. Forest-based beekeeping is essential, as the bees rely on native Appalachian species such as sourwood, basswood, and tulip poplar for three-season honey production—and healthy hives.

Tammy Horn, researcher at EKU and author of Bees in America: How the Honeybee Shaped a Nation, says Eastern Kentucky is the perfect place to raise healthy honeybees, as they are not exposed to the pesticide and fungicide drifts that bees in more populous areas of the United States are. Coal mine sites in Appalachia provide the location for the hives, as well as the security and the protected environment.

Environmentalists expect the return of the bees to Appalachia will have a huge impact on local economies—and preservation of Kentucky's biodiversity.

 





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