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Traveler's Guide to Columbia and Adair County

It just doesn't get any better than this. Stop and sit a spell if you'd like to read more about this place called Columbia in south central Kentucky. . .

Columbia, Kentucky was founded in the year 1800 and is the County Seat of Adair County which was founded in 1801 as Kentucky's 44th County. Adair County, population 17,000+, has 407 sq. miles and is 31st in area among Kentucky's 120 counties.

Columbia is the only incorporated city in Adair County. It is very close to the geographic center of Kentucky -100 miles from Louisville; 100 miles from Lexington; 130 miles from Nashville, Tennessee; and 70 miles from Bowling Green on the Louie B. Nunn (former Cumberland) Parkway. It is a hub city with highways 80, 61 and 55 crossing here. Columbia is in the middle of Kentucky's finest waters - Lake Cumberland, Green River, Barren River, and Dale Hollow Lakes. Adair County, Kentucky is one of only four counties by that name in the entire United States.

This is a photographer's paradise. There's beautiful scenery to the West, memorable old Columbia to the north. Wonderful steeples and towers, beautiful churches magnificent old homes, and gorgeous countryside draw photographers to the area. The dairyland and farms are beautiful. Historic sites and unmatched streams are everywhere. Farm and forests offer still more picture-taking opportunities. Over 50% of the land area of Adair County is forested.

Most of the rest is devoted to dairy and beef cattle, tobacco, and grassland for hay and pasture. The terrain of Adair County is varied, ranging from river bottomland to gently rolling hills and steep inclines. It is one of the most heavily forested counties in the state. Timber here consists mainly of hardwoods such as oak, hickory and ash, and softwoods such as cedar and pine. Industries range from wood products and forestry to milk production, biomed, precision machine manufacturing, oil production to printing and publishing. Special things to note when you pass this way include:

AIRPORT
Columbia has a 2,600-foot airport. The nearest scheduled commercial airline service is at Louisville International, 97 miles northwest of Columbia. CSX Transportation provides the nearest rail service at Glasgow, Ky., 37 miles west.

LAKES
This is your headquarters for the South Central Kentucky Water Wonderland. In Columbia you are 8 miles from Green River Lake, 21 miles from Lake Cumberland, 42 miles from Barren River Reservoir, and 39 miles from Dale Hollow Lake. A growing number of water sports enthusiasts are using Columbia as a staging area for outings, Columbia's unmatched range of restaurants, and the easy access to roads.

COLLEGE
Lindsey Wilson College is a four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Travelers are drawn to the unique Begley Chapel which was designed by America's leading chapel architect, E. Fay Jones, a student of the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The lighted crown is visible for miles. In winter, it dominates the skyline. The crown's intricate ironwork offers endless possibilities for photographers in the daytime, as the sun creates an infinite program of patterns. Visitors are welcome.

HISTORY
The Trabue-Russell House is a restored historical residence open for touring by appointment by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 270-384-6020. Adair County is steeped in literary history. Mark Twains mother, Jane Lampton, was born in Columbia and his parents were married in the city. Spout Springs, the home of Kentucky writers Henry and Janice Holt Giles, is restored as a writers' retreat and is open to the public. It's always a beautiful sight, but call ahead if you want to go inside the writers' retreat. Between the two, the Gileses wrote 24 books, all of which are now highly collectible. Most of them were written in Adair County. Capwell Wyckoff, author of the Mercer Boys adventure series, served as a pastor in Columbia. Famed writer and television star Byron Crawford owns land in Adair County. Theodore O'Hara wrote one stanza of Bivouac of the Dead in Columbia. Noted Adair County authors include Christopher Rowe, Chester Young, Hudson Willis, Minnie Rubarts, Garnett Young, Ruth Burdette and N.B. Montgomery, Dr. Jann Aaron, David Hunter, Michael Watson, Dianne Watkins, Robin Halcomb, Yolanda Oostens, Beverly England and Dr. Morris Grubbs.

SCENIC DRIVE
For a scenic loop, take Highway 55 to Highway 704, go south on 704 to Highway 61, then right, north on Highway 61 through Breeding, Sparksville and Flatwoods, back to Columbia. There's gorgeous scenery, beautiful hills and streams, wildflowers galore, and one might encounter wild turkeys and deer, and even occasionally see, overhead, hawks, owls, and even eagles.

AMISH COUNTRY
There are two Amish communities in Adair County. One is located in the north end of the county, largely on KY 206, on the Adair-Casey County line. The other community is located on the west side of the county, around Gradyville on West KY 80. Travelers should watch for their horse drawn buggies and for the heavy pedestrian traffic in Amish Country.

ROUTE 66
Columbia is in the middle of the Cumberland Parkway, at Exit 49. The Cumberland Parkway, by Act of Congress, is to be part of the new Route 66, or I-66, reaching from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. The road lacks only the stretches from Somerset-to-D.C. and from Bon Ayr-to-L.A. to be a complete transcontinental super highway.

HOSPITALITY
Adair Countians take pride in a long tradition of hospitality, so expect uncommonly accommodating folk when you stop here. Costs are low. Quality of life is high. Food is good.

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2003-07-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. DOWNTOWN takes on a unique look from the historic Trabue-Russell House yard on Jamestown Street.
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2003-07-20 - Adair County, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. THE HISTORIC GRADYVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH in the Big Creek valley, above, is a well recognized landmark for travelers across both Highway 80 and the Louie B. Nunn Parkway.
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Welcome vacationers



2003-08-29 - South Central, KY - Photo Staff. TRAVELERS ARE VISITING GREEN RIVER LAKE and LAKE CUMERLAND for the big holiday weekend. This scene on Lake Cumberland showcases the beauty that lures people here. Please use extra caution on both the water and the winding roads.
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Scenic Adair County: Butterfly Weed, Greenbriar Ridge Road



2005-07-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. This "weed" is plentiful in Adair County now. It's milkweed, or more specifically butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberosa) and it has been beautifying the lanes and country byways in Adair County in a glorious manner this summer. These were photographed on the right-of-way by Greenbriar Ridge Road, southeast of Breeding in southern Adair County. For more about scenic Adair County click on: Traveler's Guide Information. Readers may also click on 'photo archive' in the site menu and view the collection of 1,000 pictures of people, places and events over the history of Columbia Magazine.
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Scenic Adair County: Lantanas in bloom



2005-07-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. RENAISSANCE COLUMBIA MADE A GOOD CHOICE when they planted these camara New Gold Lantanas in early May. The heat loving flowers are thriving in this dry weather and grace the fountain corner of the square. Readers may also click on 'photo archive' in the site menu and view the collection of 1,000 pictures of people, places and events over the history of Columbia Magazine.
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Scenic Adair County: Queen Anne's Lace, Melson Ridge



2005-07-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. QUEEN ANNE'S BARN is located on Melson Ridge in Adair County. It had one of the best crops of Queen Anne's Lace we've seen. The wild flower grows happily in dry fields and we certainly have plenty of those this month. Queen Anne's Lace is a member of the parsley family, only we haven't heard anyone claim to have tasted it and can't recommend it.
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Scenic Adair County: Adair County Fair 2005



2005-07-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. The Adair County Fair was in full swing Tuesday night, July 12, 2005, at just before 7:00 p.m., with the ferris wheel dominant amid the glittering lights of the midway.
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Scenic Adair County: View from Jones Chapel Road



2005-07-14 - Near Gradyville, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. THERE MAY BE NO VIEWS IN THE WORLD as peaceful as these hills of Adair County. This scene is from Jones Chapel Road just off Highway West 80, and is looking west across the parkway toward the ridge line along the Weed-Keltner Road in the background. The large white area in the middle left side of photograph is the Bethel home, the grand residence which can be seen from the Louie B. Nunn Parkway around the 42-43 mile markers. The farm in the foreground belongs to the Richard family has five springs on it and is home to a handsome goat herd. It was once part of the Ed Diddle birthplace farm.
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Goodbye July



2005-07-31 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY 2005 means we must bid farewell to the abundance of lilies we've enjoyed. Starting early in July the orange day lilies pictured above volunteered along the roads. As we near the end of their season, there are hybrid lilies in bright yellows and pinks on lawns all around Adair County. A few even have a favorite of mine, the old fashioned, deep orange Tiger Lily. If you have those in your garden, please send a photo to share with readers. There's just a little over six weeks of summer left -- enjoy!
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Lake traffic is heavy on these hot summer days



2005-08-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. ITS SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY ON LAKE CUMBERLAND. A trip to the lake Saturday evening found it busy with boat traffic and the lodge filled to capacity. This photo was made from the overlook above Lure Lodge, with a view of Jamestown Marina. Click read more to learn more about our beautiful area.
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Scenic Adair County: Golden Rod, Cecil Blair Road



2005-08-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. The Kentucky State Flower, the goldenrod, a member of the aster family, Asteraceae, is prettiest in Adair County. At least this photo of the tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima) on the Cecil Blair Road, near New Concord Methodist Church, would indicate as much. Goldenrod has been Kentucky's state flower since 1926. There are some 30 species of the flower in Kentucky, but no particular species was sanctioned specifically by the state. When this photo was made, we waited for the state bird, the Cardinal, or the state butterfly, the viceroy, to drop by, but neither elected to appear.
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Thankful for the drink of water



2005-08-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. OUR FLOWERS AND GARDENS ARE RESPONDING to this good rain we've enjoyed, and more is supposed to be on the way. Hurricane Katrina's visit on Florida is causing changes in the weather throughout the southeast, and while we do not wish storms on that state it is good to have a break from the seriously dry weather we've been experiencing. Click 'read more' for other notes and photos on scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair County farm: Gradyville, KY



2005-08-31 - Gradyville, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Sliders on the Hill? A large crowd was on hand for the auction sale of retired cattleman Haskell Rogers' place in Gradyville, KY, Saturday, August 27, 2005. The winning bidders for the beautiful 100-acre hillside farm were Gradyville agri-businessmen Richie Janes and Chris Cowan. The farm has major frontage on KY 80 as well as on two county roads and holds wonderful views of historic Gradyville, the beautiful Big Creek Valley, and the majestic Weed Ridgeline. At the Gradyville store across the road, Joe Parnell joked that Richie Janes would be building a steak house on the site. But Mr. Janes shot back, "No," he said. "A White Castle." While the landmark barn, above, went with the place, Mr. Rogers retained his former residence on the farm and has said he will be returning to live there. He now resides on Old Gradyville Road. (Photo Only Note: "Read More" takes you to other Scenic Adair County photos, the Travel Guide, and Travel Notes.)
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Scenic Adair County: Ironweed



2005-09-04 - Union Community, west of Bliss, east of Gradyville, KY - Photo Staff. Ironweed may be the most beautiful flower in Kentucky as this flower adorned fence post at our place in the old Union Community, between Bliss and Gradyville, suggests. Might oughta be the state flower. Some fields in Adair County are solid with the purple flowers at this time of the year. Ironweed plants have great utility. Kids, at least in the old days, put them to great use: Making newspaper kites, building ironweed-and-thatch teepees, and fashioning them into spears. On the other hand, the UK Extension Service calls ironweed the most troublesome and the third most common weed in grass pastures, and offers several methods to murder them. On another hand, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission lists ironweed varieties, Vernonia baldwinii (ironweed, western ironweed), and Vernonia fasciculata (ironweed) as recommended flora for roadside use of native plants. On the fourth hand, the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology recommends the plant for use in creating butterfly gardens. (Clicking Read More brings up the Travel Guide, with other Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: Antiques and new inventions



2005-09-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. SCENIC SUMMER VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN include this view of the Courthouse tower from behind the Columbia United Methodist Church fence. The fence is made of futuristic material which doesn't use up any trees. The Courthouse is an antique which many hope will be preserved as a cultural center when new government office locations are developed.
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Scenic Adair County: Favorite barn scene, Historic Gradyville, KY



2005-09-11 - Gradyville, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. EDMONTON ROAD MARKING PLACE. This old farmstead scene in Gradyville, KY, is a marking place on trips between Edmonton and Columbia. The giant elm almost seems to be holding up the weathered gray barn. The barn is located on the north side of Highway Ky 80, approximately 5 miles west of the KY 80's intersection with KY 61/Burkesville RD. For many years, Haskell Rogers grazed beef cattle on the place. He recently sold the acreage with the barn to Richie Janes and Chris Cowan. For more Scenic Adair County scenes and a Travel Guide, click Read More.
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End of summer flowers in Pellyton



2005-09-15 - Pellyton, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. THESE COLORFUL FLOWERS are growing along the roadside in the northern Adair County community of Pellyton. Reds, yellows and lavendars mixed together make one of Mother Nature's nicest combinations. Autumn begins in just one week, so enjoy what's left of summer 2005. Click 'read more' for other scenic Adair County photos.
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Travel Guide: Home cooked meals at Garlin, KY



2005-09-20 - Garlin, KY - Photo Jonathan Graham Waggener. Louise Spires carries on a great tradition of serving wonderful homecooked meals at The Country Corner, located at the junction of Liberty Road and T.P. Cundiff Road in Garlin, KY, just northeast of Columbia. The restaurant is one of the few places where $5 gets a generous plate lunch and a drink - and, occasionally, a little change back. If you go, get there by noon, Central. The plate lunches are sometimes sold out by then. The Country Corner is open Monday through Friday for breakfasts, lunches, and sandwiches and snacks till late afternoon. Click Read More for more Travel Guide and Scenic Adair County stories and photos.
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Farewell to summer 2005



2005-09-21 - Edmonton, KY - Photo Linda Marcum Waggener. SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER on this official last day of summer 2005, it is also farewell for a while to Mama's petunias and her porch jungle. Geniece Marcum has a green thumb and can create beauty, as in this picture, even in the dryest of weather. Though the flowers come and go with the seasons, I always carry the movie in my mind of Mama in her porch swing after she's given each plant a drink of water. She's sipping black-as-night coffee amidst a crowd of thriving petunias, begonias and geraniums who always seem to agree with her what a fine morning is.
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Morning Glories thriving in Adair County fence rows



2005-09-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. MORNING GLORIES ARE THE OFFICIAL FLOWER of fence rows on country roads in this last week of September. This flowering vine grows naturally here. It opens in the morning so it can be pollinated by bees during the day. Each blossom only lasts for one morning, then curls and fades away in the afternoon.
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Historic Columbia: A monument to wet times



2005-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. A LITTLE SCOTT JOPLIN, IN REMEMBRANCE OF PROHIBITION, TOO, PLEASE. Happy Days Were Here Again, Once, Here, at the little white building on Fortune Street now used by the City Street Department. Right after the 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, the 18th Amendment, was repealed, and Adair County was briefly wet. This was the Seth White dispensary. Grover Gilpin says that there were at least four dispensaries around Columbia at the time: Preston and Otha Miller operated a store on Russell Road, there was Epps Place on the Square, and the Tom Tabor ran a dispensary on Hudson Street. The stores operated for a very brief time until a local option law made the town officially, but not actually, dry again. Now the little building stands as an unmarked monument to those days. (Please email comments and additional information to: ed@columbiamagazine.com) No story with this photo; clicking read more goes to Travel Guide, Scenic and Historic Adair County.
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Over the rooftops, Campbellsville ST by Laddercam



2005-10-08 - Scenic Adair County: Downtown Columbia - Photo Bryan Gaskins. One of the most dramatic scenes recorded by Laddercam Photographer Bryan Gaskins was this view over the rooftops down Campbellsville Street. From the corner on the Square, going north, the East Side of the Road has the Collins Building, the green roofed City Hall, Grissom Funeral Home, and Columbia Christian Church with the beautifu spire. On down the street can be seen Flowers & Things, Jeff's Tire, Burton Ace Hardware and a bit of IGA Express. The background ridgelinegoes from Sandusky Mill Hill, center, to Gobbler's Knob on the right. On the left, most prominently, are, just off the Square, Glamor-ette Beauty Salon, and, on-out, the green roofed Kelsey House, and the Blue Barn at Southern States, with the Columbia Cemetery beyond that. In the notch between the Collins Building and City Hall can be seen the front of the First Realty Building and its roof. The aerial photo was taken during Downtown Days, October 8, 2005, from aloft, by Bryan Gaskins, aboard Columbia Fire Department Ladder Truck No. 1; he was accompanied by Chris Bragg. Both men are firefighters.( Public comment for inclusion in this caption is welcome.) Click ReadMore for more Downtown Days photos.
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Plaques, Markers: Plaque at Jane Todd Crawford Hospital honors Dr. George Cheatham



2005-10-23 - Greensburg, KY - Photo Staff. A plaque in the hallway at the Greensburg, KY, Jane Todd Crawford Hospital honors George C. Cheatham, M.D., who grew up in Columbia and who attended Columbia and Adair County Schools.
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Landmark at Portland, Adair CO, KY, nearly 50 years old



2005-11-01 - Portland, Adair CO., KY - Photo Staff. Jimmy Bragg enjoyed the beautiful fall colors and pleasant weather in the comfort of the porch at Garnett Kessler & Son store, at Portland, Adair County, KY. The store is one of the most photographed landmarks in Adair County. The business is located 12 miles from Columbia, KY. It was founded in 1956 by Garnett Baker, who was the proprietor for seven years and who still owns the building. Country food and country store sandwiches are served by Garnett Kessler's wife, Geneva Pickett Kessler. The Kesslers have operated the store for 42 years. The business will be 50 years old next year. Eighty-one-year-old Garnett Kessler has a feeder calf operation, but has been off work lately, recovering after breaking an arm. To get to there: Take KY 61 north from Columbia, turn left on Milltown Road, go to turn Tarter's Chapel United Methodist Church, turn right on Portland Road. Then drive approximately one mile to 1050 Portland Road. No story with this picture, but help us collect the fascinating history of the community by entering comments, stories and leads in "Submissions" or e-mail: ed@columbiamagazine.com.
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Scenic Adair County: Covered bridge, Barnetts Creek RD



2005-11-02 - Barnetts Creek near Pellyton, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Eli Miller's covered bridge spanning Barnetts Creek frames one of the prettiest Amish farmsteads in Adair County. The bridge is about two years old now. It is located less than one-half mile beyond Barnetts Creek United Methodist Church. The bridge is approximately 1.6 miles from KY 206 at Pellyton, KY. So far as we've been able to determine, it is the only covered bridge in Adair County, and is certainly a welcome addition to one of the most delightful country lanes anywhere. The bridge was built by the Millers, who constructed the walls in the field in th bottom, but Joe L. Barbee put the walls in place with his crane. The creek name is pronounced "Barn-its," while the Adair County family name of the same spelling is "Bar-net."
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Scenic Adair County, Churches: Milltown United Methodist Church



2005-11-06 - Milltown, Adair Co., KY - Photo Staff. It's difficult to take a photo of Milltown United Methodist Church from any vantage point without creating a memorable scene. High on a bluff over Russell Creek, it would be harder to imagine a more pleasing house of worship. This photo was taken last winter, in the very early morning. The church is located at Milltown on Milltown Church Road, which runs from Milltown Road to Columbia West KY 80 (or Gradyville East KY 80?). No story. "Readmore" clicks through to more Scenic Adair County Photos.
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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Crowning glory, Begley Chapel



2005-11-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. Intense fall color, a single contrail, and the major and minor crowns of Begley Chapel shimmering in the sunshine created this 8:00 a.m. image on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College, on Monday morning, November 7, 2005. No story. Click Read More to see other Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR: frosted field makes white horse almost invisible



2005-11-16 - Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. MOTHER NATURE CREATED THIS SCENE WITH THE MORNING FROST. The white horse, a resident of the Bliss neighborhood of Adair County, could hardly be seen against a backdrop of frosted field grass. With a bigger lens, it might even have been possible to capture the horse's white cloud of breath into the still morning air. We welcome photos from readers of scenic Adair County to add to our travel guide collection.
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Scenic Adair County: The crown, the spire and the steeple



2005-11-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. Daybreak, Friday, November 18, 2005, was a glorious day in Columbia, KY. The spire of the Columbia United Methodist Church dominates this early morning scene, looking East. On the lower right is the Crown of Begley Chapel. To the left, over the church roof, is one of Kentucky's most famous landmarks, the steeple of the Adair County Courthouse. No story,Read More takes you to more Scenic Adair County Photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Fall leaves, iron fence, Trabue-Russell House, Jamestown Hill



2005-11-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. THE IRON FENCE AT THE TRABUE-RUSSELL HOUSE was highlighted by stunning yellow maple leaves as recently as last week. Thanks to the Tuesday storm and high winds, almost every single leaf is on the ground. No Story. Click Read More for more Scenic Adair County.
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Dynamic Adair CO: Road building offers great art, theatre



2005-11-21 - KY 61 & LBN Interchange, Greater Bliss, Adair County, KY - Photo Staff. The late fall winter dawn has provided some spectacular scenes at the construction site of the Interchange at KY 61-S and the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. This photo was taken late last week. The only thing missing for us kids is stadium seating to watch the action and gallery guides to explain the art. No story. Read More links to Travel Guide, Scenic Adair photos.
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Watch out for leaf drifts while driving home today



2005-11-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. WATCH FOR BLOWING LEAVES AS YOU DRIVE TODAY. High winds are rearranging dry leaves at a rapid pace from one yard or field to the next. In one place on Edmonton Road there was actually a leaf drift out onto the road. Leaf drifts probably aren't nearly as dangerous as snow drifts, however, strong winds bringing in the weather front are able to rock cars and trucks, so do travel with care.
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Scenic Adair County: Snow Clouds, Slippery Roads at 7:20 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2005



2005-12-08 - Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. Roads were already slippery at around 7:20 a.m., this morning, Thursday, December 8, 2005, on West KY 80, Columbia, on the hill just above Gradyville. Skiffs of snow covered the patches in the roadway, already making traction in rear-wheel drive vehicles perilous. Omninous snowclouds signalled more to come. The house in the foreground, right, is on Corbin-Richards Road. Near the crest of the hill, left, would be the entrance to Jones-Chapel Road. The ridgeline in the background is in the Alpine region of Adair County, on the Weed-Keltner Road. The bright light in the center of the road is not a diamond shaped sun rising in the east; it is a photographic aberration of the horse and buggy sign warning drivers that this is Amish country. No story. Clicking read more goes to Scenic Adair County Travel Guide
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Scenic Adair County: Horse Country, Gradyville, KY



2005-12-19 - Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Adar County is horse country. This is a late fall, early morning scene photographed from the Louie B. Nunn Parkway near Gradyville, KY Clicking ReadMore accesses more Scenic Adair County photos and the Travel Guide.
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Scenic Adair County: Memorable view, from Louie B. Nunn Parkway, Gradyville, KY



2005-12-21 - Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. The most memorable scenic view on one of America's most pleasant drives, the Louie B. Nunn Parkway, is this one the eastbound traffic gets of Gradyville, KY betwen mile markers 41 and 42. The little white church, center, sticks in most people's minds. It is the Gradyville Baptist Church and it is still active. In the center, background, there are mostly residences, but the remains of Walker Bros. Store, hardly visible in the photo, is a reminder that this was once a thriving business center, with a bank, general store, hotel, millinery factory, and mills. Peaceful as it is today, the valley was the site of the worst disaster in Adair County history, the July 7, 1907 Gradyville flood.
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Scenic Adair County: The Garnett House Christmas Scene by Artist Pat Bell



2005-12-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff, from Pat Bell Art. Artist and Mayor Pat Bell sends Seasons Greetings to all from Columbia, Adair County, KY. This photograph of his watercolor of a Columbia treasure, the Alta Garnett House at Greensburg and High Streets, captures the beauty of Christmas in Columbia so well. The house is at the beginning of one of the prettiest Christmas lights drives in the community. No story. Clicking Read More accesses the Travel Guide and More Scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair County: Hour of the Cats, Old Courthouse, Columbia, KY



2005-12-22 - Courthouse Square, Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. A scarey moment in time. Hour of the Cats. Columbia, Adair County, KY, or photographic confibulation? A question for the historians.
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Scenic Adair County: Good morning Columbia!



2005-12-22 - High ST, Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. A view usually reserved for Columbia City Police on patrol and newspaper boys. Early late fall morning, across the Barbee house and Columbia Baptist Church, to Lindsey Hill, with Begley Chapel's golden crowns nested in the background between the two buildings, naturally illuminated by the dawn of another magical day in Columbia, Adair County, USA, No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and More Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Snow falling on Courthouse, watercolor by Pat Bell



2005-12-24 - Columbia, Adair County, KY - Photo Staff photo from Pat Bell watercolor. Merry Christmas! Another magical scene in Columbia was captured by Columbia Mayor and Artist Pat Bell in this watercolor work. It expresses the best of the season to Adair Countians, whereever they are. No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair County: Winter beauty, ferns on Christine-Sano Road



2005-12-27 - Adar County, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Green ferns brighten the winter woods along the valley on the Christine-Sano Road, one of Adair County's most hidden scenic trails. No story. Clicking Read More accesses more Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: Crocus, Adair CO, KY



2006-01-03 - Crocus, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Considered by many as the most beautiful homes in Adair County and by everyone as one of the most beautiful homes, here, was this residence which dominates downtown Crocus, KY. Cyrus found this Quote du Jour from a long-time resident of the home and a beloved Lindsey Wilson College teacher, Edith Spickard, who had this to say, in 1971, about Crocus: "Crocus is the kind of community in which all Kentuckians should be privileged to live." It is a beautiful community, a few miles south of Glens Fork, quietly located off busy KY 55. Crocus is about one-half mile off KY 55 on the road to Bryan and Creelsboro. A sign in the yard of the home still says, "Crocus, population 16, and growing." No story, but clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Moss clumps, Foot of Dug Hill, KY 206, Adair CO., KY



2006-01-04 - Foot of Dug Hill, KY 206, Adair CO., KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Will a moss expert help us with an identification of these beautiful moss clumps? This bank located just east of the KY 206 intersection with the Dunville Road, on the south bank, has the largest such moss aggregation I've seen. The bank is over 200 feet in length, and contains an estimated 3,150 clumps. I've tried asking folks in the area, checked out moss books, googled moss. So far, no answer. Any help will be appreciated. -Ed Waggener, ed@columbiamagazine.com.
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Scenic Adair County: The view from Blessed Hope, Spruce Pine Rd, near Pellyton, Adair CO, KY



2006-01-05 - Pellyton, Northeast Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. The view from Blessed Hope Church on Spruce Pine Road, off Sanders Ridge Road, off KY 206 east of Pellyton, Adair County, KY, offers a sparkling winter view looking southeast toward 206. The area is approximately 16 miles from Columbia.
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Scenic Adair County, KY:
Rooster the Llama top attraction at Mouser's




2006-01-09 - Garlin, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Rooster the llama is the top attraction at the Harold Mouser Place on the Liberty Road. Here, llama handler Ronnie Morgan tries to coax Rooster to breakfast, but with little success. "Rooster doesn't like the jack," Morgan said. The fascinating collection of animals is located 1.1 miles from Lisa Fisher-Clark's radio station, or 1.7 miles from the KY 206-at-Bull Run Road Bridge over Russell Creek, on the western outskirts of Garlin, KY.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: Blue sky therapy



2006-01-11 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. AFTER DAYS OF GRAY, WE'RE BLESSED WITH SUNSHINE and some blue sky therapy. The forecast calls for rain by the weekend so we're going into production now in efforts to capture some of this healing light for later. Winter in Adair County has been surprisingly warm so far. So much for wooly worm watchers who called for early cold and snow. Click 'read more' to visit the travel guide with more scenic photos.
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Scenic Adair County, KY: McQueary's Store, Christine, KY



2006-01-12 - Christine, Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. McQueary's Store at Christine is one of Adair County's most cherished landmarks. The late Pete McQueary, who ran the store for over 50 years, was known for his knowledge of the familiees in the area and for his generosity. The store maintains a spic-and-span appearance to this day. Clicking Read More accesses other Scenic Adair photos and Travel Guide. Click here for Jason Harmon story which includes Pete McQueary
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Scenic Adair County, KY: Sunset from Jones Chapel Road



2006-01-12 - Jones Chapel Road, over Gradyville, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Sunsets from Jones-Chapel Road looking west over the hills is often spectacular, as it was when this photograph of two Barbados hair sheep was taken. The view is from the Phillip Richard farm. The Barbados hair sheep is a meat animal. The rams have spectacular horns, and are prized as trophy animals on game farms. Clicking Read More accesses more Scenic Adair photos and the Travel Guide.
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Scenic Adair County: Great Pyrenees and Little Boer Goat



2006-01-13 - Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. Buddies. It's a sight seen more and more in Adair County. A Great Pyrenees dog and one of his goat friends. The fellow at his side is a little Boer goat. The dog, Sammy, is a "puppy," according to his master, Jordan Richard. In fact he is only six months old. Great Pyrenees males grow to 100 pounds and look bigger than they are. They's also called le chien de montagne or Mountain Dog. They are great guard, rescue, and therapy dogs, and very gentle--if they know you or you're in the presence of their masters. But woe be it, if you come in a stranger. It's the next thing to a polar bear attack!
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY : snowy January Saturday



2006-01-14 - Taylor-Ford Road, Adair County - Photo Linda Waggener. LOOKING DOWN THE WINDING TAYLOR-FORD ROAD TO SULPHUR CREEK it's easy to see the dusting of snow we received overnight. In just twelve hours, Adair County experienced a drop in temperatures from 60 degrees to the freezing mark which turned Friday's rain to this light covering of snow. Click 'read more' for our travel notes and photos of warmer times.
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Scenic Adair County, KY: The Murrell House



2006-01-14 - Near Craycraft, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. A light snow this morning adorned the grounds of the house known as the Walter Murrell House, near Craycraft. Once a log dwelling, the late Mr. Murrell added the white clapboard and the two story front porch to give the house an Antebellum look. Picture expressly posted as snow picture for Robin and Brenna Taylor in Texas. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses more Scenic Adair County and the Travel Guide
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Scenic Adair: snow arrives at end of a rainy day



2006-01-17 - Adair County, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. JUST IN CASE TEMPERATURES GO BACK UP WITH THE SUN RISE and melt it away, let the photo document that snow arrived before the close of this rainy January Tuesday. It got cold enough to start turning rain drops into snow flakes about 7:30 this evening and within the last two hours has covered the vehicles in the Gradyville bookstore parking lot.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY: Beautiful churches - First Baptist Church



2006-01-18 - Burkesville ST, Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Beautiful from any angle, the steeple cross at First Baptist Church, Columbia, KY, is caught here between two of the handsome giant cedar trees which grace the lawn. The church is located at the corner of Grady Loop and Burkesville ST, across from Lancaster Drive. No story. Clicking here accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY. History: Gravesite of Colonel William Casey



2006-01-21 - Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. The burial place of Colonel William Casey is located near the SE intersection of the Edmonton Road and Bliss Road. Richard Phelps,above, is a descendant of the noted Adair Countian. The burial ground is in a little vinca-carpeted copse of woods east of Bliss Road. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Scenic Adair County and the Travel Guide.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY. : Friendly horses



2006-01-22 - Greater Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. A friendly greeting awaits travelers along Bliss Road, which connects the Edmonton Road and Jones Chapel Road and which would appear to one going south on Lampton Lane to be an extension of that road. But it is not. This sociable beauty is often seen up next to Bliss Road, either watching the infrequent traffic, or visiting with horses in pasture across the narrow lane. No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and the Scenic Adair County photo gallery.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY, Horse Country: Blake rides a bureau . . . burro



2006-01-24 - Adair County, KY - Photo Great Grandmother Fay McKinley. Earl is no match for Blake Cowan. You can tell which one is Earl because he has the long funny ears. Blake got mixed up and called Earl a bureau instead of a burro. If Earl is having as much fun as Blake, it's hard to tell from his expression. No additional story, but clicking Read More accesses more Scenic Adair County and Horse Country photos and the Travel Guide.
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Sunrise over snowy ground



2006-02-09 - Adair County, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. SUNRISE OVER SNOWY FARM LAND made for a beautiful sight this morning. The worst thing about this snow was that it didn't quite merit a day at home for students. School went on as usual. By mid day sunshine and warmer temperatures had melted most of it away. The weather predictions call for more snow showers tomorrow, Friday, evening. Click 'read more' for travel guide and more scenic photos.
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Snowed in



2006-02-11 - Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW STILL FALLING in Gradyville this Saturday morning. There is a good three inches on the ground making for beautiful scenery in every direction. The weather service's winter storm watch was right on target for Adair County. It started with rain as the Friday workday ended. By midnight falling temperatures turned it into snow and this photo shows the result. Clicking 'read more' takes you to our travel guide and more scenic photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Early Bliss flowers get wintry shock



2006-02-20 - Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff. These early March lillies got a shock February 17, 2006, when a fresh snow covered them March lillies were starting to bloom as much as two days before this photo was taken. As well, the consistent harbingers of spring, the crocuses by Edgar Troutman's sidewalk at his residence on Dillon ST, were blooming on Sunday, February 19, 2006. Clicking ReadMore accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair Co. : Zonkey guards herd on Hamlett farm



2006-02-20 - Greater Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff. A Zonkey guards the black cattle at the Ricky and Barry Hamlett spread off Jones Chapel Road in the Gradyville Area south of about the 42 mile marker on the LBN. "It's an Australian half-zebra, half-donkey," farm manager Ricky Hamlett says. He got the animal from Tim Wall, who bought it from Jay Wheeler, who got it from John Begans, who got it in Florida. Before that, Mr. Hamlett believes, it was flown in from Australia in a little crate when thezonkey was a tiny fellow no bigger than a small dog. Jay Wheeler and a spokesman for the Walls said the animal was mean, but Hamlett has had no trouble with it. Wheeler now prefers Llamas and ostriches as herd guards, he said. Clicking ReadMore accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair County: Jake Cowan's Spout Springs Watercolor



2006-02-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo Fay McKinley. Adair County Artist Jake Cowan has completed this watercolor of the Janice Holt and Henry Giles log home at Spout Springs, Knifley, Adair CO, KY. Master Cowan is 12-years-old and a student of Henrietta Scott at Highland Raku Studio (HRS) 7913 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY, at Antioch near Sparksville. Jake Cowan attends Sparksville Elementary. No story. Clicking read more accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: Breeding High School



2006-02-28 - Independence Ridge RD, Breeding, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. It's been over 50 years since classes were held at Breeding High School. Over the years, we've noticed an almost universal statement from Breeding alumni when they return to it, after years away, to pay homage. "It's not as big as I remember it." But that thought fades as their memories flood back. The beautifully aging gray wood and the delightful thicket surrounding the old schoolhouse evoke a world of memories for those who went there. Restoration, if it were economically feasible, might be nice, but this Adair County shrine is being accorded an equally dignified respect as it is left, unbothered, to work its own magic transformations, adding mystery, holding memories. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses more Scenic Adair County and the Travel Guide.
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SCENIC ADAIR Scenic KY Hwy 704, just south of Adair CO, KY: Swinging Bridge over Crocus Creek



2006-03-03 - Cumberland CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. There aren't many swinging bridges left, and fewer still which are maintained. Indeed, there aren't many foot bridges extant here, swinging or otherwise. This one crosses Crocus Creek and overpasses the Homer Grider Road, which connects to the East off Scenic Kentucky Highway 704, a few miles south over the line in Cumberland County. No story. Clicking read more accesses the Travel Guide and over 50 Scenic Adair photos.
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Scenic KY Hwy 704, just south of Adair CO, KY: Swinging Bridge over Crocus Creek



2006-03-03 - Homer Grider RD, off KY 704, south across the line in Cumberland CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. There aren't many swinging bridges left, and fewer still which are maintained. Indeed, there aren't many foot bridges extant here, swinging or otherwise. This one crosses Crocus Creek and overpasses the Homer Grider Road, which connects to the East off Scenic Kentucky Highway 704, a few miles south over the line in Cumberland County. No story. Clicking read more accesses the Travel Guide and over 50 Scenic Adair photos.
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Scenic Adair County, looking up



2006-03-11 - Columbia - Photo Linda Waggener. LOOKING SKYWARD TODAY OVER ADAIR COUNTY the sun has been mostly hidden. Storms are predicted off and on throughout the weekend with summer-like temperatures. Spring officially begins Monday, March 20th. Click 'read more' for travel information followed by more scenic Adair photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Yellow Season. Daffodils brighten downtown Bliss



2006-03-13 - Downtown Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda. The bright yellow, dark green season has arrived a little early this year, brightened by daffodils in full bloom and with forsythia approaching its peak. These daffodils adorn the fence corner on Kenneth Scott's Bliss beef cattle farm. at the corner of Edmonton and G.B. Bardin Roads. At this time of the year, the Scott farms have some of the prettiest daffodil arrangements in Adair County. Especially pretty are the chevron of the flowers on original family homestead, the Jack and Beatrice Rogers Scott place, across the blacktop from Elk Creek Angus on West KY 80. To see two related photos of old Bliss store, Click Here; and Click Here No story. Clicking ReadMore access Travel Guide and Scenic Adair County.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY: Kiko kid the pride of the flock



2006-03-19 - BaaLand, above Gradyville, KY - Photo staff. One of the most beautiful creatures in Adair County is this days old Kiko kid at Baa Land on Jones Chapel Road high above Gradyville, KY. Day care is provided by a large contingent of doting doe aunts and cousins. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide and More Scenic Adair County.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY: Daffodils depressed on first day of spring



2006-03-20 - Columbia - Photo Linda Waggener. THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING 2006 brought Adair County a surprise sleet and snow storm. It wasn't supposed to stick, but over an inch of snow did just that before noon. Several accidents were reported by the police departments during the morning hours and people were asked to use extreme caution on the slushy roads. Some of the expressions of awe at the weather came from these Daffodils, bent over looking very depressed. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide, more Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: Robin in wintry springtime



2006-03-21 - Greater Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. The early bird gets cold. At least Robin Robin did yesterday on Adair County's wintry first day of spring.No Story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide, more Linda Waggener Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY, Horse Country: Belgian Work Mare at Knifley, KY



2006-03-22 - Eastridge Livestock Farm, Knifley, Northern Adair CO., KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Wayne Eastridge's Belgian work stock mare is one of the largest of her type. "She was a little over 18 hands tall when I measured her earlier," he said, "and she's grown." The mare is bred to produce big mules, and she has a mule colt with her now. Big as she is, another of Eastridge's Belgian mare sis bigger: She measures 18 1/2 hands. Both are big for the breed, which generally measures 15-16 hands, he said. The Eastridge Livestock Farm, owned by Eastridge and his wife, Mildred, is located just east of Knifley on Eastridge Cemetery Road; it has a Casey Creek mail address. Farm tours are no longer done, but Eastridge welcomes folks to drive by and see the exotic animals, from emus to buffalo, which populate the farm the Eastridges so meticulously maintain. No story. Clicking Readmore accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY: sky after the storm



2006-03-24 - Adair CO, KY - Photo Dan Butler. ADAIR COUNTY RESIDENT DAN BUTLER contributed this photo taken of the sky over his Milltown area neighborhood. He said it looked like this right after one of our recent storms moved on. The last weeks of winter and first week of spring have included a mix of almost every kind of weather situation. What's that saying, "if you don't like the weather in Kentucky today, stick around?" Clicking 'read more' takes you to more scenic Adair County photos at the end of the travel guide.
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SCENIC ADAIR COUNTY, Plaques, Markers: Memorial Plaque to William L. Walker



2006-03-28 - Courthouse Annex Lobby, Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. This black and white photo is of the plaque in the lobby of the Adair County Courthouse Annex. The memorialis a tribute to William L. Walker, who spent a lifetime volunteering, making friends, telling wonderful entertaining stories, and leaving a legacy of dedicated community service which remains the Adair County standard. No story. Clicking read more accesses the Travel Guide and a gallery of Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY: Intrepid Explorers Discover Town Creek



2006-03-30 - Town Creek, three blocks from the Courthouse, Columbia, Adair County, KY - Photo Granddad Ed Waggener. BOY COUNTRY: They were awed by the forest on town creek, and christened the home of their grandmother Plunkrock House. They decided to make it their old Columbia home and live there when in Adair County. Framed by a catalpa which decided it wants to become a natural bridge over Town Creek, are our favorite grandsons, Graham, left, and Evan. The tiny 100th of an acre woods is home to myrtle, a few daffodils, a number of grundoon, plenty of rabbits, and an occasional garter snake to make things interesting. One year it was a nursery for a doe and two fawns. A high south wall of trees of heaven hide it from Guthrie Street. A few minnows and tadpoles, turtles, and crawdads have returned since a underground storage gas leak on Jamestown ST or Russell RD was cleaned up a decade or so ago. Some will be caught when these guys return. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY: Sparksville flowers pretty from any angle



2006-04-01 - Top of Lynch Hill, Hwy 61 between Flat Woods and Sparksville, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. From any angle, the patch of daffodils on the east side of KY 61 at the top of Lynch Hill near the intersection with KY 768, is a welcome sight. The buildings in the upper corner are the famous HRS Gallery & Studio, and just beyond the heavy hauler the steeple of the historic Antioch United Methodist Church can be seen. No story Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide and More Scenic Adair County Photos.
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SCENIC ADAIR: Can you help us identify this flower?



2006-04-02 - Columbia - Photo Linda Waggener. CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS BEAUTIFUL RED FLOWER? We aren't sure what to call the red flowering bush located atop the rock wall near the corner of High and Greensburg Streets. Is it called a Burning Bush? The photographer believes it is, the photographer's husband believes it is not. If you can help, just click on the "submit a story" link in the site menu box and type in what you believe. Clicking 'read more' takes you to our travel guide with more scenic Adair photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Dangerous, but pretty thunderstorm



2006-04-03 - Between Columbia and Gradyville, Adair CO, KY - Photo Dan Butler. A Farmstead Is Dimly Illuminated by Lightning in what was potentially a dangerous storm. From this afternoon's line of storms that rolled through Adair County. There was some serious rotation in this front located near KY 80 West between Columbia and Gradyville. - DAN BUTLER, commenting on another his striking storm photographs, this one taken at around 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 2, 2006. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide, More Scenic Adair County photographs.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO, KY: Downtown Nell



2006-04-05 - Downtown Nell, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Nell, KY once was a busy place with its own store, post office, and voting place. A new bridge on Leatherwood Creek, to open in a few weeks, will make the scenic area more accessible from Breeding. This view is on Chestnut Grove Road, near KY West 80 at the foot of Nell Hill. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide, more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Virginia Blue Bells growing wild beside high waters of Russell Creek



2006-04-08 - Adair County, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. OFF PELHAM BRANCH ROAD along the Mighty Russell Creek, wild flowers are just beginning to bloom. These Virginia Blue Bells have a head start over Sweet Willliam and violets. High waters and muddy creek banks make the perfect environment for woods flowers. Clicking 'read more' takes you to our travel guide and more scenic photos.
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Wild Adair County: Billy Campbell considers lynx rufus



2006-04-11 - Flatwoods, Adair CO., KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Billy Campbell, Flatwoods, considers the bobcat on display in the South Room at Flatwoods Grocery and Grill on KY 61 south of Columbia. The memorial on the mounted lynx rufus reads J.M. Shelley Run over 9/05/05 Flatwoods Community Adair Co. The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife site reports 14 bobcats taken in Adair County in the latest season. No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and other Scenic & Wild Adair County photos.
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Adair County Country Life: Calico kitten, del sol



2006-04-12 - South Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. It is a working Adair County barn cat, but this Calico kitten, ready for a sunlight snooze on a strawlined floor, is a creature of great beauty as well. No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY: Looking across town, up Bliss Hill



2006-04-13 - Bliss, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. The view from the farm of Kenneth Scott is one of most beautiful rural scenes anywhere. The location is approximately 1.75 miles out the Edmonton Road/KY 80, which in this scene traverses Bliss, crosses tbe Bliss Bridge, and tops Bliss Hill. On the right across the bridge is the home and some of the barns on the farm of the late Frank Holladay, one of the most industrious and prosperous farmers ever in the valley. This view looks over the town of Bliss, which Kenneth Scott bought back in 1993. The photo is taken from high on the hill in one Mr. Scott's north pasture fields. No story. Clicking Read More accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair CO, KY Flowers: Our own Easter Lily



2006-04-15 - Between Ozark and New Concord, Down in Valley - Photo Ed Waggener. Adair County's own Easter Lily is easily found in damp draws around the Adair County at this time of the year. This Trillium grandiflora was spotted along the creek bank between Ozark and New Concord, a well-kept scenic byway secret. An easy to find patch of trillium is at the foot of the Russell Creek Hill beyond and on the same side of the road as the Kermit and Hilda Grider place, and a couple of hundred feet before the Russell Creek Bridge. Email from readers with additional information on trillium is welcome. No story. Clicking Read More accesses the Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos
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Scenic Adair CO, KY: Milltown from KY 61 Easter morning 2006



2006-04-17 - Above Milltown near KY 61 and KY 768 - Photo Staff. The Russell Creek Valley at Milltown framed by redbuds and cedar. This view is from KY 61, just north of Milltown Road. The row of white buildings on the left are on Milltown Church Road, on the cliff overlooking Milltown. No story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County Photos.
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Scenic Adair County: Rainbow after the storm



2006-05-01 - Western Adair County - Photo Dan Butler. A FULL RAINBOW GLOWED OVER ADAIR COUNTY for just a brief time on the first evening in May after a day of rain. Sunshine poked through the clouds just before dark to create this incredible rainbow arching over the landscape. This photo was shot at 6:30 p.m. on Milltown Church Road looking east.No Story. Clicking to read the full story accesses Travel Guide, more Scenic Adair County.
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SCENIC ADAIR CO. Art, History. Page House, a good place to stay many years ago



2006-05-12 - Columbia - Photo Linda Waggener. "PAGE HOUSE, BEST HOTEL IN THIS SECTION, Jas. T. Page, Proprietor." read an ad for this one-time Columbia hotel. The ad said, "This hotel is large, roomy, and elegantly furnished. The table at all times is supplied with the best the market affords, and strict attention is paid guests. Elegant rooms for traveling salesmen. Location, North west Corner, public square." The Page house burned down unfortunately, but thanks to the late artist and Columbia First Lady Maggie Murphy, its likeness hangs in the Trabue-Russell House along with many other items of historical note. The Trabue-Russell House was the site of an Adair Arts Council board meeting with Mayor Pat Bell Wednesday evening.The possibility that the House become the home of the arts council is under study. If you have information about the Page House please use the 'submit-a-story link' in the site menu and tell us about it.Related Story No. story. Clicking Read More accesses Travel Guide, more Scenic Adair County photos.
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Scenic Adair CO. American flag, beautiful iris, peonies brighten 2006 Election Season



2006-05-15 - Adair Avenue, Columbia, KY - Photo Greg Thomas.
Colorful flowers, flag,
just right for Election Day

. This bed of mostly iris and peonies at the home of his parents, Charles and Mildred Thomas, on Adair Avenue in Columbia, caught the eye of photographer Greg Thomas, who captured it from an interesting perspective, especially for election day. No story. Clicking ReadMore accesses Travel Guide and more Scenic Adair County photos.

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Lilies of early summer



2006-06-28 - Columbia - Photo Linda Waggener. LILIES ARE EVERYWHERE IN ADAIR COUNTY YARDS and on the sides of the road, making for a beautiful early summer. These brilliant tangerine and rose colored lilies were growing on Jamestown Street. We've also seen plenty of orange, yellow, bronze and pink ones. Click 'read more' for travel guide information and more scenic photos.
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Trumpet vines make fancy corn field borders



2006-07-05 - Glensfork - Photo Linda Waggener. TRUMPET VINES, like this one near Glensfork in Adair County, make for colorful borders to corn fields. The Trumpet Vine is a volunteer plant here. The corn is not yet as high as an elephant's eye, but getting close.
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Tobacco crops make for a vanishing scene



2006-09-04 - Glensfork, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener. THIS GLENSFORK FARM SCENE REMINDS US THAT TOBACCO is a vanishing crop as smoking is continuously being reduced in this country. It has been a longstanding support for farm families in Adair County but driving through the countryside shows great change. Clicking 'read more' takes you to more scenic Adair photos at the end of our travel information.
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First hint of fall color on Neat Hollow Road



2006-10-07 - Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener.
AS YOU TRAVEL ADAIR COUNTY THIS WEEKEND you'll find the first hint of fall color. This beautiful setting is in the northern section of the county on Neat Hollow Road between the Ella and Little Cake communities. Clicking 'read more' takes you to our travel guide and more scenic Adair photos.

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Fall color: Goldenrod blooms on roadsides and in fields



2006-10-21 - Near Montpelier, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
KENTUCKY'S STATE FLOWER, THE GOLDENROD, colors the roadside and blooms across unmowed fields in Adair County. The dried leaves are said to have been used to brew a tea drink by the Indians for health. Goldenrod's scientific/Latin name, Solidago, means "to make whole", referring to its healing properties. Contary to popular myth, the Goldenrod does not cause hay fever.

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Fall 2006: color as far as you can see



2006-10-31 - Northern Adair County - Photo by Linda Waggener.
THIS BEAUTIFUL VIEW IN THE KNIFLEY AREA OF ADAIR COUNTY is from the beginning of the Ray Williams Road, high on the hill. The road is in line for construction work so school busses will travel more safely, but for this moment all the colors of fall leaves glittered in the morning sun.

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Autumn leaves, autumn cat



2006-11-06 - Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
THE CAT ON THE ROOF STAYED AND THE SUGGESTED NAME THAT BEST FITS HER IS GOLDA MEOW. She is a thinking cat and she thinks the election will be just about over by this time tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, 2006. She will be voting for whichever candidates promise more catfood on her dish, three times a day, and clean water. She's not sure about the neighborhood cats who have all come to check her out, but her behavior suggests she will give them a chance if they mind their manners. She is resting here on fallen leaves covering a hollowed out stump in the yard of the late Bobby and Merle Reed. Golda can sense that they were dedicated cat people.

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Sun behind the colored leaves makes great art



2006-11-09 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
MORE LEAVES ARE ON THE GROUND NOW THAN ON THE TREES and that makes the bits of color left sparkle when spotlighted by the sun. We've had several days without it now, but sunshine is promised for today.

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Barn in Saturday's snow



2007-03-04 - Columbia KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
SATURDAY'S BRIEF SNOW STORM AT THE ARNOLD FARM ON HURT STREET almost hid the barn from view. For just a few hours it was cold enough to allow a light covering of sleet and then snow, but the ground was so warm it quickly disappeared. This week promises to be milder.

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Scenic Adair County: Restored Giles House, Knifley, KY



2007-03-10 - Knifley, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
EACH FALL THE GILES SOCIETY INVITES FOLKS TO STOP IN at the home of authors Janice Holt and Henry Giles in Knifley, northern Adair County, KY, for the annual arts and crafts festival. Preparations begin early each year to make each event more special than the one before. For links and information on the organization and the restored log house Click here.

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A sunset for a rainy day



2008-01-29 - Columbia - Photo By George Kolbenschlag.
Here's a photo for a rainy day. I took this January 10 when we had that beautiful sunset. I was sorting through my files this afternoon and came across it again. This is right out of the camera. No editing or adjusting of any kind. It's taken from the parking lot behind the Lindsey Wilson gym facing the soccer field (you can see the soccer field light poles.)
Thanks, George, for sharing this photo to help pick up spirits in today's bleak, constant rain. Clicking read-more goes to additional scenic photos and travel guide.

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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Sunrise at Egypt



2011-06-01 - Knifley RD, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Rice.
Sunrise in the Country, June, 2011 George Rice took this picture. He writes, "A view of Janet Biggs' tobacco field to be, when it is set. The place is Egypt Community, George Rice farm. Sunrise and sunset in the country can be some of the most picturesque views found anywhere."

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Scenic Adair County, KY: Rounding crest, Dug Hill



2014-02-21 - Above Inroad, District 3, 2014 - Photo by Ed Waggener. Scenic Highway 704's curves are gentler now, since a recent reshaping on Dug (sometimes called 'Insurance' Hill) just north of Inroad. The view is looking north, to the plateau, with Hadley's Community Church, Fairplay, Gadberry, and Tabor communities ahead and between Inroad and Columbia, KY, a stretch of scenery unrivalled anywhere. There's a couple of informal pull-offs to enjoy the views, which deserve the kind of developed overlooks seen at Scott Ridge near Raywick in Marion County or at High Grove north of Bardstown, KY.
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Scenic Adair Co., KY - from Edmonton Road overpass



2014-10-15 - Weed, Adair Co., KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Fall color along the Louie B. Nunn Parkway,
as seen from the KY 80/Edmonton Road overpass at Weed, in Western Adair County. ColumbiaMagazine.com (c)

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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Delightful passages



2014-10-16 - Brock-Burris Road, Adair Co. District 4, Gradyville, KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Somehow, I don't like the prediction that fall colors will "peak"
on a particular day. Some experts are doing predicting October 31, 2014 for Kentucky. Colors will be more homogeneously bright, and that will be wonderful. But I like each days change just as well. Now, those early bright leaves are afforded varying shades of green as background which let them stand out the way early adopters stand out in each step of human progress. There's an inkling of what is to come. These days, for me, are as good as - not better than, but just as good - as the more climactic days when trees achieve a mob mentality and all show off at the same time. It's mostly a time of joy for me. My mother saw life as a continuum, with times of passages and compensating gains and losses, and seemed to always find the bottom line that life - and death - are transitions, and her singular outlook was that, on balance, most changes were positive. Exceptions come to mind, of course. The death of my father; she was always melancholy at noon until two, until her death, never forgetting that was the time "E.P." would have come in from his mail route. The other was when my brother died, too young. There didn't seem any way she was ever able to make sense of that. Arthur Lee was special. Her first born. And though she practiced family political correctness, and always said all the children were equal, and would never have admitted it, all of the younger siblings knew Arthur Lee was very, very special to her. But, for the most part, Mom accepted the inevitable as just a realism to greet and be grateful for having been been greet another day of life to reach it. It's part of my being. I'll celebrate the big day of crowded forest showoffs on October 31, 2014. But I get just as much joy seeing this day of nature somewhat awkwardly practicing for day to "take the field," to be centerstage, to have its open house or grand opening, if you will, to air in prime time. For those of us who see everyday life in our part of paradise as the best of theatre, who like seeing a foundation poured, a new idea let loose on the planet or in our neighborhood, who are fascinated as a site is being prepared for a new structure, who don't celebrate change as, in itself good or bad - just change. For us, a a beautiful gray day with sincere promise is perfect. This very special place, on Brock Burris Road, Wednesday 15 Oct 2014, suggested those thoughts, as it extended a magical invitation to watch nature's rehearsal for the extravaganza on October 31 which even the most unaware will appeciate. - EW

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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Pretty farm scene, C.R. Jones Road



2014-11-30 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener .
Any season, the dairy land along C.R. Jones Road, a lightly traveled county road which joins Farris Road which joins Campbellsville Road in Cane Valley, ahead, is a narrow slow road providing beautiful scenery, as it does here in late November 2014. - LW

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Scenic Adair Co., KY: A pretty vista from the Columbia By Pass



2014-12-21 - Adair County Veterans Memorial Bypass, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
There are beautiful winter time vistas from the bypass. This view is near the entrance to the Adair County High School Football Stadium. Couldn't make out distant building, upper left, but it would seem to be at the Columbia/Adair County Airport, soon to play an integral part in the just annnounced Adair County High School Air & Space Institute.

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Remember those skies 24 Feb 2016 - Trabue Russell House



2016-02-24 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM photo.
Columbia landmark. Adair County's time-transport. The magic of the Trabue-Russell House is felt immediately on entering the historic grounds. No other place can make such a welcome mood change so quickly. It is one of those too few structures which transport one back to a calmer state. The house remains a Columbia Treasure, thanks to an endowment from Jim Blair. Today, above, in those unforgettable skies we shared. - EW

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