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Kentucky Color - One of a Kind?

Well travelled Great Wooded South and Kentucky Color Columnist says the 400-ft. long Black Shale, dry stacked retaining wall on Crocus Creek in the Republican School area is the only one he's ever seen. It very well could be another unique structure the likes of which are found only here, in the Adair County center of the Great Wooded South.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

I've traveled across this great nation and have been blessed to see many things off the beaten path from the Los Padres National Forest south of Big Sur California, to hundreds of feet above the tree line of the Grand Tetons near Jackson Hole Wyoming, to the top of Big Black Mountain the tallest Kentucky Mountain in Harlen County but the beauty, the grandeur and splendor of the Great Wooded South, its people and its history is unmatched.


Case in point is this Black Shale retaining wall in Southern Adair County on what I believe to be the old Petty Farm on Crocus Creek in the Republican School area. This is quarried rock probably from the creek bottom that has been dry stacked to prevent the high tides from eroding away the creek bank. I've never seen one like it before and it is very old and must surely date back to the 1800's, I would think. -Billy Joe Fudge


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Kentucky Color: Black Shale Retaining wall on Crocus Creek



2012-02-05 - Inroad, South Adair Co, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, KY State Division of Forestry.
Great Wooded South and Kentucky Color Columnnist Billy Joe Fudge
just refound this 400 ft. long black shale, dry stacked retaining wall built along the eastern bank of Crocus Creek in the Republican School area at Inroad, KY. He remembered seeing it on fishing trips as a boy, but it was a delightful surprise to find it intact several decades later, with a whole career in forestry in between the sightings. He wonders if it is the only one of its kind, anywhere. The rock shelf along the creek bank is black shale, too.

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