Monday, June 13, 2011

Ft. Jefferson, Ky.

Yesterday we went on a geocaching excursion and one of the places we stopped was at the former site of Ft. Jefferson in Ky.   Today a commemorative cross stands at the site.  This impressive cross now serves as a beacon to the ships that sail these waters.  Fort Jefferson and its site was steeped in historic events.  Come with me to visit Wickliffe, Ky.

Ft. Jefferson Memorial Cross is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

The cross is 90 ft. high.

Ft. Jefferson was originally built in 1780 by Revolutionary War veteran George Rogers Clark.

After an Indian massacre in 1781, the fort was abandoned.
George  Rogers Clark's brother, William Clark, visited the fort site in 1803 with Capt. Lewis when they were beginning their journey to the Pacific. 
Then during the Civil War, General Grant and Union forces occupied the site...

This is the wall at the base of the cross...

And the donor wall along the walkway...

The views were breathtaking....and extremely windy...

This is Lou and my parents.  Oh yeah, we also found the cache here.  So a history lesson and a cache made for a great stop - See you tomorrow!


  1. What a great tour! I love to visit historical places.

    ~ Tracy

  2. I love little sight seeing trips like this! Is this near Paducah? We went through there about 8 years ago. It's a pretty area! Have fun geocaching!

  3. Della: Its about 25 miles west of Paducah. The view was fantastic!


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