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1. river towns of McLean County
2. Dinosaur World
3. artist Andee Rudloff
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McLean County

For more information:
• McLean County Courthouse, P.O. Box 57, Calhoun, KY 42327-0057, (270) 273-3082
Muster Associates Inc., 135 E. Third St., Calhoun, KY 42327, (800) 274-3619

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Brandon Wickey
Editor: Jim Piston

A River Runs Through It

McLean County river towns

To start the 10th season of Kentucky Life, host Dave Shuffett spent a little time amid the river towns and rich bottomlands of McLean County in Western Kentucky. Kentucky’s 103rd county, McLean was formed in 1854 and named for Alney McLean, a lawyer from Muhlenberg County who fought in the War of 1812, served in the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, twice cast official Kentucky electoral votes for his good friend Henry Clay for president, and ended his career as a circuit judge.

The western and southern borders of McLean County are defined by rivers—the Green and its tributary the Pond. The Green also cuts through the county from east to west, dividing it into northern and southern halves, and has long been vital to the local economy. Beginning in the early 19th century, and especially after a series of locks and dams improved the channel in the 1830s, steamboats were a frequent sight on the Green, providing both passenger transportation and access to markets for farmers’ products throughout the Ohio and Mississippi river systems.

Dave learns about some of that history while visiting two river towns, Livermore and Calhoun. In Livermore, he also learns some of the area’s Civil War history while chatting with Mayor Eldon Eaton. That history includes a skirmish won by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest at Sacramento in southern McLean County.

In the county seat of Calhoun, Dave gets a haircut from Thomas “Floyd the Barber” Fulkerson, who’s also the mayor, and visits Muster’s Coaches and Limos, which refurbishes and supplies hearses and limousines nationwide. The business, started in 1976, was an outgrowth of another Muster family endeavor: the Calhoun funeral home founded by John Muster in 1855 and now operated by fifth-generation descendants.

Barren County

For more information: Dinosaur World, 711 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, KY 42127, (270) 773-4345

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Jim Piston


Dinosaur World

Dave takes along an expert for his next excursion, as 6-year-old son Willie helps him check out one of Cave City’s newest attractions: Dinosaur World, opened in June 2003.

The 18-acre open-air dinosaur museum, sister to the original opened by Swedish immigrant Christer Svensson in Plant City, FL in 1998, features 100 life-size dino replicas. They are set amid rolling hills and native vegetation, often in family groups, and their modeling and size reflect the latest scientific theories about these extinct giants.

Dinosaur World is at Exit 53 off I-65. It is open every day from 8:30 am CT to dusk. In addition to the open-air exhibits, the park offers a “fossil dig,” where kids can keep the prizes they find, and picnic facilities.

Warren County

For more information:
Andee Rudloff, 556 Morris Alley, Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 781-7762

Producer: Barbara Deeb
Videographers/editors: Philip Allgeier, Cassandra Arza

Something Fishy

Artist Andee Rudloff

Lexington had horses, Cincinnati had pigs, New York had cows, and Nashville had cats—catfish, that is. In the summer of 2003, more than 50 colorful seven-foot fiberglass fish swam on the streets of the Tennessee city, each decorated by a regional artist. In this final segment, we meet one of the artists, Bowling Green painter Andee Rudloff.

A mural painter who views her work as part art and part community education, Andee usually works on a much larger scale. So the catfish commission was a chance to try something a little different. Andee painted one fish herself and collaborated on another for the festival: Catfish-on-Course, with a golf theme, and Café Catfish, whose red-and-white-checks motif pays tribute to friendly diner-style restaurants everywhere.

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