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Amandaville to outside world could mean a boat or plane ride

The late Chattin Chowning owned an airplane as a means of flying out "to civilization" from the beautiful plantation-like farm on Scenic KY 704 now called "Hopewell Acres. To get from Amandaville to Burkesville could mean a float trip down Crocus Creek, as late as the 1950's. It's why a son carries on efforts to get Adair County's Dug Hill reconstructed.
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By John Chowning

My dad was one of the first people in this part of the country to have a private plane, and he flew all over the state, and other states, on business.

I have run across many people in this part of Kentucky who would associate my last name with him because they met him, or heard of him from those days.

We have a very beautiful 100 acre or so creek bottomon our farm that we call the "Landing Field" because that is where he flew in and out.

It was the best means of travel because there was no gravel or paved road in and out of that area...You had to cross the creek four times to go from our home to Burkesville at that time...and the creek would often be "backed up" from Cumberland River for several miles and too deep to cross in car, buggy, or by horse.

Some people would literally float down Crocus Creek to the Cumberland River, and on to Burkesville in order to get to town in those late as the early 1950's.

My father actually helped build the current road.. I mean literally. He donated his time and his construction equipment (bulldozer, etc.) to help build the current highway. Not all of Highway 704, but the portion in and around Amandaville.

I can remember when the road was still gravel and the first blacktop in the late 1950's which was done largely as a result of my father's efforts in Frankfort with the Happy Chandler administration.

I could write a book, very literally, in terms of all that he did, as a volunteer, for that part of Cumberland County, as well as the entire county and southern part of Adair County.

One of the reasons, Linda, that I continue to push so hard for the renovation of "Dug Hill" going down into the valley, to the Turner Homestead and on south, is because that is an undone project my father worked to get done.

While it has no appreciable benefit to me, I consider a part of fulfilling his legacy.
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This story was posted on 2009-06-07 12:55:59
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Chat and Libby Chowning, 1946 with airplane

2009-06-07 - Chat Chowning Farm, KY 704, Cumberland County, KY - Photo from the collection of Joe Chat Chowning.
The late Chattin and Libby Chowning by the private airplane at "The Landing Field," a 100 acre field along Crocus Creek along KY 704 the Chowlings used as an airstrip. Air flight was one of two means to get to town when the creek rose too high to ford. The other was was to float the creek to the Cumberland River, and thence to Burkesville, KY. The date of the photo, John Chowning remembers, was in the late 1940's.

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