Monday, January 30, 2012
Had never really heard of this place, much less been there. This afternoon Colsyn and I took off for Ky. We stopped at the most southern point in Illinois first. Also the lowest altitude at about 276 feet above sea level. This is a park just south of the bridge crossing the Ohio river. Had never really paid any attention to it before.
We grabbed 3 in the Il. park then crossed the river into Ky. Here we are on the east side of the river as we head south. I failed to get a picture of the gigantic cross overlooking the river.
Columbus, Ky. I would guess the population to be about 200. This town was actually considered once to become the capitol of the USA. DC won out.
Some information on how the yanks grabbed rebel ships heading up the river. They had a chain all the way across the river. I would estimate 1/2 mile wide. When the boat got close they pulled up the chain which stopped the boat. Pretty cool. Did not last long. The chain broke.
We found a bunch of these today. These caches were hidden on fire hydrants. Magnetic. I had not seen these before today.
Largest one we found today. Colsyn had help on this one from the buisness owner. It was fun meeting the owner of the buisness and letting him enlighten us a bit on Bardwell, Ky.
This is a cool little town. We found rv hookups in the city park. May check and see how much per evening. We plan to take the GMC over and do a couple of days caching. So many caches on east side of the river. This is a very historic area. Lots of things have gone on here.
Buildings falling down. The main street has a gigantic sink hole in it. They have it barricaded off. Not sure what the population used to be but I know it was a fairly good sized town. The sign now says 3600. I can remember prior to 1968 it took us a good while to drive through here. Now, nothing here but 2 stop lights and lots of abandoned buildings. There is a Ford dealer in town. I see no industry left. Used to be a magor river town.
Was a beautiful day for geocaching the river. Windy but warm and sunny.
Thanks for riding along.