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Program 1209

1. the Grossers’ railroad
2. the Kentucky Railway Museum
3. Camp KYSOC
4. elk watching
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Pulaski County

For more information:
Soo Line Online and the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society have photos and links to more information about the Soo—or more formally, the Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie. “Soo” is a phonetic rendition of the French Sault.

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett

Private Line

the Grossers’ model railroad

Ray and Renee Grosser love Kentucky and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. But as train buffs who both grew up close to Minnesota’s legendary Soo Line, they did miss the railroad a bit. So they brought it to their Pulaski County farm by re-creating part of the line in miniature.

Their intricately detailed and unusually large model railroad occupies its own building. Included in the layout is a 1940s-era town—complete with models of the houses each of the Grossers grew up in, built and decorated by Renee.

Nelson County

For more information:
Kentucky Railway Museum, P.O. Box 240, New Haven, KY 40051, (800) 272-0152

Producer, editor: Joy Flynn
Videographers: Amelia Cutadean, Dave Shuffett, Frank Simkonis
Audio: Noel Bramblett

All Aboard!

the Kentucky Railway Museum

Host Dave Shuffett continues the train theme with a visit to the Kentucky Railway Museum of New Haven. This converted former depot is one of the country’s oldest museums devoted specifically to trains. The museum proper includes a 3,000-square-foot exhibit hall, plus dozens of examples of restored engines and passenger and freight cars. Visitors can also take excursions on 17 miles of track winding through the scenic Nelson County countryside.

Kentucky Life also visited the Kentucky Railway Museum in Program 810.

Carroll County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: David Dampier, Dave Shuffett
Editors: Jay Akers, Dan Taulbee

Off to Camp


Editor’s note: Effective May 29, 2010, Camp Kysoc ceased operation and the lease was assumed by Jefferson Community and Technical College.

For generations, American kids have been going off to summer camp to experience a little nature, make new friends, learn teamwork, get some sun and exercise, tell ghost stories, make craft projects to be treasured by their parents, eat s’mores, and play tricks on the counselors. Camp KYSOC in Carrollton was founded on the principle that no kid should be denied those experiences because of a physical, developmental, or learning disability.

The first such camp in the United States, Camp KYSOC was established in 1961. It is owned and operated by Cardinal Hill HealthCare and the Easter Seals Society. Offering both residential and day camps, it welcomes adults and children with disabilities, eating or behavioral disorders, autism, spina bifida, and other conditions that make it difficult for them to attend other camps. Expert medical help is always at hand, and the camper-to-staffer ratio is kept at 2-to-1 or even lower so that everyone gets personalized attention. The paths through the woods are paved, and facilities like the climbing wall allow for a wide range of ability levels. But campers aren’t overly sheltered, either: Each one is encouraged to take part and to discover just how much he or she can do.

Knott County

For more information:
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY 41653-9799, (800) 325-0142

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: David Dampier, Dave Shuffett
Editors: Jay Akers, Dan Taulbee

Return of the Native

elk watching

In 1997, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources released 1,550 elk, relocated from Western states, in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. Though they once roamed the state in large numbers, elk had been absent from Kentucky for more than a century, having disappeared in the 1880s because of overhunting.

Since the reintroduction, the herd has thrived. Kentucky now has the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River, and elk watching has become a popular tourist activity in the region.

To close out this edition of Kentucky Life, Dave goes along on an elk “safari” run by Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Rising before dawn to stake out a prime spot on the Knott/Perry county line, he and his group are rewarded with breathtaking views of a magnificent animal that has found a new Kentucky home.

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