Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Geocaching in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Last week Mom and I decided to take a ride to Hopkinsville, Kentucky and do an Adventure Lab Series called "The Murals of Hopkinsville."  Hopkinsville is known for their beautiful murals commemorating life in the city from the 1800's until today.  

Before we began, we had to pick up some donuts at "The Whistle Stop."  It's a super tiny building with about 3 parking spaces as well as a drive thru window.  You can't go to Hopkinsville without stopping for 1, 2 or a dozen of their delicious donuts.

We may have gotten a dozen.....

This Adventure Lab is a "walking tour" because the murals were spread out over a 3 block radius.  It was a lovely day and perfect to be outside strolling around from mural to mural, gathering the information we needed.

This is the Eclipseville Mural and was painted in honor of the eclipse a couple years ago where more than 100,000 people gathered here that day to view it.

The old clock tower is part of the former firehouse that now houses the Woody Winfree Fire and Transportation Museum...

I love when we find old Coca-Cola factories...
Hopkinsville's train station...

The water cycle mural - first incorporated in 1895, HWEA now provides drinking water for over 31,000 people...
This was my favorite mural, with over a dozen different scenes painted on the side of this building...

While we were at this location a homeless man came up to us and politely asked if we had any change to spare.   I didn't have any cash on me so I rummaged around my glove compartment and found a dollar which I gave to him.  He then explained that he needed another dime if I had it because of the tax that would be charged on a cup of coffee.   Back into my car I went and found a quarter for him.  He ambled off and left me wondering where you could buy a cup of coffee anymore for just a dollar.  After he left I remembered the donuts in the back of my car and felt bad that I hadn't thought to give him one.

We completed the Adventure Lab and celebrated by eating some donuts.  I thought that was a good reward!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Fort Donelson, Tennessee

If you're visiting Tennessee, try to make a stop at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, which is located just northwest of Nashville.  Ft. Donelson was the location of the North's first key victory of the Civil War and the place where Ulysses S. Grant earned his famous nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.

The battle took place on February 14-16, 1862.  Prior to that, over 400 small huts were constructed for the soldiers and slaves to live in.  Those not lucky enough to be granted a hut had to endure the elements in the cold February environment.

The Cumberland river played a major role in the battle by supplying a way for the Federal troops to descend on the Confederate controlled Ft. Donelson. Gradually encircling the Fort, Grant finally closed all escape routes, forcing General Buckner to ask Grant for his terms of surrender.

Located nearby is the Fort Donelson National Cemetery.  It contains the remains of 670 Civil War burials as well as veterans from all other American Wars.

Several blocks away is the Dover Hotel.  During the battle the South used it as their headquarters, but once General Buckner accepted General Grants surrender terms, the two met there to work out all the details....

A record setting 13,000 Confederate prisoners were amassed here and eventually shipped northward to prison camps located in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Massachusetts.

Today the Dover Hotel sits on the banks of the Cumberland River, a tranquil reminder of the horrors of war that took place over 150 years ago...

For those of you interested in geocaching, there is an Adventure Lab called "Fort Donelson" located here.   It will take you to key locations inside the battlefield, as well as The National Cemetery and then on to the Dover House. 

For more information concerning the battles of Fort Donelson and nearby Fort Henry, pick up a copy of:  

Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson

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