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1. Today's Special—The Hot Brown
2. Downtown—Henderson
3. Roebling Bridge
4. A Hound's Haven
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Jefferson County

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The Brown Hotel

Producer: Matt Grimm
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Brent Abshear

Today's Special—The Hot Brown

The Hot Brown is a true Kentucky original, and the recipe for this ultimate in warm, satisfying comfort food is featured on menus across the world. What goes into the making of Kentucky's signature dish? We visit the kitchen of Louisville's Brown Hotel, where this classic originated more than 80 years ago.

Here's the back story of the Hot Brown: In the 1920s the Brown Hotel was the site of popular dinner dances, attended by upwards of a thousand guests each evening. In the early morning hours, after a night of dancing, the guests would head to the hotel's restaurant for a meal. Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create a new dish to tempt their taste buds. He came up with an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon, tomatoes, and a Mornay sauce, the one and only Hot Brown.

Generations of cooks have taken the original recipe and added their own twist. We meet with Ryan O'Driscoll, Chef de Cuisine at the Brown Hotel's English Grill restaurant, who whips up his take on the dish for us.


Henderson County

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Downtown Henderson Partnership

Producer/Editor: John Schroering
Videographers: John Schroering, Jaxon Combs
Audio: Jaxon Combs


Henderson's downtown has a rich history—literally. The town prospered with dark tobacco in the 19th century, and many tobacco millionaires built lavish homes here. In fact, shortly before World War I, it is believed that Henderson had more millionaires than any other city of comparable size in the world.

Visitors can learn more about Henderson and its historic structures—ornate Victorian mansions as well as homes from pre-Civil War days—on a walking tour.

Downtown visitors can also take in the view of the Ohio River from the parks and trails along the riverfront. The Downtown Henderson Partnership provides maps and welcomes tourists at its Main Street location.

This Ohio River town is also home to the John James Audubon Museum, the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival, and the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival.


Kenton County

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Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee

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

Roebling Bridge

Northern Kentucky's John A. Roebling Bridge was once the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet. It was a marvel of civil engineering—and a model for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. In this segment we get some amazing bird's-eye views of the bridge from a helicopter and from the top of the 75-foot towers.

John Roebling was already well known as a bridge designer and the inventor of the wire rope when he was hired to build the Ohio River bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati. Construction began in 1856, but it would be more than a decade before it opened due to financial downturns and the Civil War.

The bridge's two massive towers with their 30-foot arches were built from limestone and sandstone. The cables were spun from wrought iron imported from England. Notably, Roebling also strengthened the bridge with innovative diagonal stays that extended from the towers to the bridge deck.

The bridge opened to traffic on Jan. 1, 1867, and today is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee continues efforts to preserve this iconic structure.


Fayette County

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Hound Welfare Fund

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

A Hound's Haven

The Iroquois Hunt Club in Fayette County was founded in 1880 and named for the first American horse to win the English Derby. Its innovative Hound Welfare Fund provides full care for the Hunt's canine senior citizens who have retired from active hunting.

The Hound Welfare Fund is the first of its kind in the nation and will be a model for other clubs who want to provide a guaranteed and secure retirement for the hounds that hunt with them.

The retired hounds, which number about 19, are kennelled with the 60-plus Iroquois pack at the Miller Trust Farm. These dogs are used to a wide-ranging outdoor life, and in retirement here they get exactly what they need: a daily turnout in a 20-acre area with a pond, woodland, and pasture. When the active pack is in for the night, the retirees come and go at will between the kennel and a two-acre paddock.

Kentucky Life's Amy Hess also attends the annual Blessing of the Hounds, a tradition that marks the beginning of the hunting season.


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