Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Kuntry Kitchen

On the corner of US 460 and 213 in Jeffersonville stands the now-closed Kuntry Kitchen. It was once a restaurant serving home-cooking. It also appears to have gone through an incarnation as a cigarette and video rental shop, according to the sign on the side of the building. I have only seen the place open once, and that was for an indoor yard sale.

*UPDATE* The building has been re-purposed as a pawn shop. I stopped in once to get a paper notarized and received the worst service ever.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Midland Grocery

Just about one of the cutest abandoned stores I've ever seen! The lady who owns it says it is about fifty years old, but was unsure of when it closed down. Midland Grocery sits on US 60 across from the New Spot Roller Rink.

Do Wooden Quilts Keep Anyone Warm?

Truly a bizarre phenomemon. A couple of years ago, these large wooden squares painted to look like quilts started popping up on barn sides across Kentucky. I did a little research, and apparently, this began in Ohio. A lady wanted to honor her mother, who was a quilter, so she erected a large wooden quilt on her barn.

I know what you're thinking... "Well, that's logical!" Now these things are everywhere, even on random concrete buildings. There is some kind of statewide program to paint wooden quilts and put them on barns. Sure they are pretty, but I am still puzzled... Why not just make some actual quilts? Maybe teach others how to quilt... That would preserve the art form for future generations...and they'd be toasty warm, too!

UPDATE- My sister calls these Amish gang signs!

Christian Barn

I am not really sure what goes on at the Christian Barn, but I am sure it's a good time! Maybe one of the many churches along this road uses it for dances or gatherings. But you gotta love the signage! The barn is located in Means, Ky, on US 460.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Farmers Airport

When I was about eight years old, my father became a pilot and gave me my first ride in a single-engine plane. A few years ago, he taught me how to fly. We had a lot of fun at this runway, the former Morehead-Farmers Rowan County airport. It was shut down last year and the big, yellow X's were painted over the numbers to signify that it is no longer in use. A new airport opened off of HWY 801 North and from what I have heard, is a safer, nicer strip. The old runway was nestled in the hills and was easy to lose sight of at lower altitudes. Pretty scary for a beginner! It was in a very scenic area, though, and I am really sad that I won't be flying out of here anymore.

Farmers Airport is beside Cave Run Lake, a man-made lake created when the Licking River was dammed in 1973. Acres of farms, homes, and barns were covered. When viewed from above, it is amazing how much of the topography can still be made out under the water. Several graveyards were flooded as well. They say they moved the graves, but that's another post!

The hangar that once housed the planes is now full of hay.

Farmers Mercantile's Giant Boot

Farmers Mercantile, home of the giant boot! It is as tall as me and the toe box is very elongated. The store used to sell things like farm supplies and cowboy boots, but now is an antique and craft mall. Don't forget to pick up your Corn Hole game while you are there! It is on the corner of US 60 and Airport Road.

*UPDATE* They still sell boots!