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Program 1802

1. Cumberland River
2. Historical Marker 976—Buffalo Furnace
3. Kentucky Tourism
4. Linden Grove Cemetery
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Harlan County

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Cumberland River

Producer: Tom Thurman
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio/Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

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Cumberland River

When the producers of the Harlan County-based FX show Justified came to Eastern Kentucky back in the summer of 2010 to do some research for the program, they asked to hear a performance from the up-and-coming bluegrass band Cumberland River.

On short notice the band wrote "Justified" as a gift for the show. Their performance for the producers earned them a standing ovation—and the producers have since used more than a half dozen of their songs on the program, which revolves around the adventures of an unconventional U.S. marshal.

Steve Gulley, producer of the band's album "The Life We Live," describes the band members as "real mountain men with a story to tell and a unique, special way of telling it." Most of the band members grew up with traditional old-time bluegrass music, but they decided early on to write material to appeal to both the young and old.

Songs by Cumberland River featured on Justified include "Let the Moonshine Flow," "Wild Berries," "My Dad," and "Ridge Runner." We catch up with the musicians at one of their shows.

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Greenup County

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Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 976—Buffalo Furnace

The ruins of Buffalo Furnace are a reminder of Kentucky's 19th-century heyday as a center of iron production. The state was blessed with abundant iron ore as well as the coal for smelting it and the waterways for transporting it.

The Greenup County area was part of the Hanging Rock Iron Region, which stretched from southeast Ohio to Kentucky and West Virginia. Kentucky ranked third in the nation for iron production in the 1830s. Buffalo Furnace began operation in the 1850s. The furnace became a major supplier to the Union Army during the Civil War, and produced 15 tons a day at its peak.

Today what is left of the furnace can be seen in what is now Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The stone stack was originally 36½ feet high.

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Franklin County

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Regions of Kentucky from the Kentucky Travel and Tourism

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Kentucky Tourism

With so many wonderful places to visit in the Bluegrass State, where do you begin? The marketing folks at the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism have found the best way to highlight so much diversity is to break the task down one region at a time.

To that end, the department has divided the state up into nine regions, focusing on the things each area is known for best. Kentucky Life will be using maps of these regions, listing major roads and towns, to help viewers find the locations of our stories better. The nine regions and some of the highlights are:

  • Western Waterlands: Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake, and the Land Between the Lakes
  • Bluegrass, Blues, and BBQ: Bill Monroe's birthplace, the W.C. Handy Blues Festival, and Owensboro barbecue
  • Bourbon, Horses, and History: Distilleries, the Kentucky Derby, and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
  • Northern Kentucky River Region: Kentucky Speedway, Newport Aquarium, and the covered bridge capital of Kentucky, Flemingsburg
  • Bluegrass Region: Horse farms, the State Capitol, and Berea, the state's crafts and folk arts capital
  • Kentucky's Southern Shorelines: Lake Cumberland, Big South Fork, and Mill Springs Park, home of the world's largest working water-wheel
  • Caves, Lakes, and Corvettes: Mammoth Cave, Nolin Lake, Barren River, and the National Corvette Museum
  • Kentucky's Appalachians: Red River Gorge, the Country Music Highway Museum, and Carter Caves
  • Daniel Boone Country: Cumberland Gap, Natural Bridge, and Renfro Valley

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Kenton County

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Linden Grove Cemetery

Producer/Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio/Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Linden Grove Cemetery

Covington's historic Linden Grove Cemetery was established in 1843 on the property of the Western Baptist Theological Institute and as the city grew, it eventually surrounded the 22-acre cemetery.

Linden Grove is the final resting place for many veterans, beginning with the War of 1812, as well as northern Kentucky's culturally diverse population of rich and poor, black and white, Union and Confederate. Among those buried there are women's rights activist Dr. Louise Southgate and Dr. Adam Kelly, an early African-American physician.

The cemetery is the largest green space in the urban core of Covington, according to cemetery officials. In the northeast corner of the cemetery, the Nancy Slagle Memorial Grove offers a shaded retreat. Linden Grove Cemetery was honored in 2011 by Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry for "Outstanding Community Forestry Project."

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