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Program 1919

1. BB Riverboats
2. Historical Marker 1837—Cumberland College
3. White Thoroughbreds
3. Fort Knox Gold
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Campbell County

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BB Riverboats

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

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BB Riverboats

One of the most scenic sections of the Ohio River lies along the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati shoreline. BB Riverboats, operating from the Newport Landing, have been cruising these waters for more than 30 years, offering excursions on two sternwheel boats, the River Queen and the Belle of Cincinnati.

Dining cruises for lunch, brunch or dinner feature delicious, made from scratch meals, and musical entertainment. BB's sightseeing cruises include historical commentary.

A variety of child-friendly cruises offer opportunities for kids to channel their inner pirate or princess. If time permits, riverboat guests can visit the engine room and the pilot house of the boats.

BB Riverboats will be in Louisville Oct. 15-19, 2014, for Centennial Festival of Riverboats, which marks the centennial of the Belle of Louisville.

Whitley County

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Cumberland University

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 1837—Cumberland College

The history of Cumberland College, now the University of the Cumberlands, is recounted on a historical marker in Whitley County. Founded in 1889 as the Williamsburg Institute, today the university has an enrollment of about 4,300 students.

Its scenic location, atop four hills in Williamsburg, spans about 100 acres. The university is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Its alumni include several Kentucky governors, including Bert Combs, and folk artist Jean Ritchie. The university also operates the Cumberland Inn, which includes a museum and conference center and is staffed by college students.

Marshall County

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Megson Farms
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The Jockey Club

Producer: Valerie Trimble Videographers: David Dampier, John Schroering
Audio: Doug Collins, Roger Tremaine
Editor: Jim Piston

White Thoroughbreds

A white Thoroughbred is a rare and stunning sight. Arctic Bright View is such a horse, and he impressed the filmmakers at Disney, too. This Kentucky stallion was among the four horses used to portray Silver in the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger. At home now on Megson Farms in Calvert City, he is among over a dozen white Thoroughbreds owned by Paul Megson—most likely the largest herd of registered white Thoroughbreds in the world.

Just a few Thoroughbred lines possess the genetic mutation responsible for the gleaming white coat. Only 149 white Thoroughbreds have been officially registered since 1963, and prior to that, scientists and horsemen alike believed they were a genetic impossibility.

Most people who think they've seen a white Thoroughbred have actually seen a gray—who eventually gray out to solid white. The first white Thoroughbred registered with the Jockey Club came from Patchen-Wilkes Farm in Fayette County in the 1960s. Another line is through Airdrie Apache, a Thoroughbred stallion originally from former Governor Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud farm.

Away from the movie set, Arctic Bright View still enjoys the limelight, appearing at the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, and other horse shows.

Hardin County

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U.S. Bullion Depository Fort Knox, Kentucky

Producer/Editor: Matt Grimm
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Fort Knox Gold

The iconic James Bond movie Goldfinger included scenes of gold stored in Fort Knox's United States Bullion Depository. Although the movie crew did shoot in the area, they didn't gain access to the actual depository, which remains super secret and protected with ultra-high security.

Why does the United States have a gold vault? During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered gold out of circulation, and private citizens had to sell their gold to the U.S. government. A new depository was needed—preferably away East Coast cities thought to be vulnerable to attack.

The Fort Knox depository opened in 1937. Besides gold, the depository has also stored priceless documents like the Declaration of Independence and even the Magna Carta. Not all of the U.S. gold is stored here; gold is also stored at the mints in Philadelphia and Denver, at the West Point Bullion Depository, and at the San Francisco Assay Office.

The two-story building here is constructed of granite, steel, and concrete. The vault inside is made of steel and encased in concrete; the door to the vault weighs more than 20 tons.

Fort Knox historian Paul Urbahns and former vault employee Doug Simmons share captivating inside stories about the depository's history and significance.

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