Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lions, Tigers and Graves OH MY!

The hubby and I took the youngsters to the Louisville Zoo this past summer. Thanks to my online acquaintance, Jeffery Scott Holland, I was ready for this little bit of weirdness. In the middle of the zoo, there is a really old cemetery! There are no individual headstones, just this single large stone bearing the names of those who were buried here. There is a marker nearby that reads:

"The American branch of the Phillips family began with Jenkin Phillips, born in 1744 in Loudon Co., Virginia. He fought with George Washington and helped survey what was then called Kentucky County for Patrick Henry and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For his services, Phillips was deeded 1,00 acres of land radiating out from this spot. At the time of his death in 1822, the family owned land extending from this area into southern Indiana."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Huge American Flag on Roof

Near the house with the airplane in the yard is this HUGE flag painted on a barn roof. The photo does not do justice to the size of this thing!

Abandoned in Little Rock, Ky

This tiny brick building is in an advanced state of decay, with a missing roof and rotted floors. When I got out to investigate, a cat jumped out and scared the bejeezus outta me! The size makes me think it may have been a post office, but the porch doesn't seem to fit that theory.

Little Rock Consolidated School

Little Rock is a small village in Bourbon county off of KY 537 near Paris. It was originally called Flat Rock, but that name was already taken by a town in Pulaski County. They renamed the community Little Rock, for all the limestone in the area. I found this old school, built in 1929. We stopped to admire the beautiful old building and thought to ourselves that it was in remarkably good shape for it's age. When I got to the other side of the building, I found out why. Someone is living there! What an awesome house this would make! Imagine all the room! Whoever lives there is doing a wonderful job preserving this piece of history.

This is an example of the many beautiful limestone rock fences in the area.

Judy Drive In Theater

There aren't many of these left! Drive ins used to be all over the place, but they are sadly falling to the wayside. My family and I visited the Judy last year for a double feature. Too bad I fell asleep before the first movie was over!

I thought these went INSIDE the grave?

I was out driving near Bethel when I spotted this thing at a cemetery... It was just sitting in the graveyard, nowhere near any particular plot. I thought these things went over the casket after it was placed in the ground. Why would this be out? Kinda creepy.

NR Crump General Merchandise

NR Crump General Merchandise sits beside US 60 near the Montgomery/Clark county border. I do not know much about it, so if you have any information, please contact me. I fear it will not last too much longer. The awning fell off a couple years ago, and there is a real estate sign in front of the building now, which means it will probably be torn down soon. I would love to get inside and check it out before that happens. It is locked up tight, but the windows are broken, revealing a ton of stuff left over from it's days in business. Boxes of cigarettes rest on the shelves, along with cans of motor oil and soda bottles. There are two benches in front that I can just imagine the old farmers around the area sitting on... and check out the old hand-operated water pump!

Adding a sense of melancholy is this tiny house beside the building. My guess is that the shopkeeper had a child that played here while the parents worked. I wish I had something like this as a kid! It must have been awesome when it was new. It even had a porch! Inside, there is a child's desk, chair and a baby doll cradle. The child who played with these toys is undoubtedly all grown up by now, leaving her playthings behind.