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Kentucky Color: From a Distance

It's confusing: With City growing outward, towns are getting closer. With new points of references things seem closer. With roads straightened, points are closer. So WHY has the distance to from Columbia to Campbellsville Increased, Kentucky Highway sign person?
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Distance is relative, this I know but I've certainly become more confused than normal lately concerning distance.

Now there are some things I understand perfectly. Sparksville is closer to Columbia as far as miles of road needed to travel to get from one to the other considering that the City Limits have expanded south.


Soon with the completion of the Wheeler Pass and Flatwoods segments of the "new 61" Sparksville will be only about five minutes from the Limits of Columbia. As an aside the fact that Daryl Fletcher and I made it in his four in the floor, 383 Road Runner in under 5 minutes a couple of times in the late sixties is not germane to this discussion.

Also I understand in the case of the accompanying photo taken with magnification and the Sparksville Water Tower giving a magnificent point of reference that visually Sparksville and Columbia seem to be closer still.

However, I just cannot understand what has taken place between Columbia and our sister-city to the north, Campbellsville. The twin cities have been 16 miles apart since the rebuild of the Columbia to Coburg segment of Hwy 55. Now according to state signage they are 17 miles apart.

There surely has been some form of continental drift come into play or some sub-surface subsidence of which I am not aware pushing us apart. Come to think of it I have encountered numerous cracks in the road recently. Could it be that the aggregate of all these small and in some cases large cracks would amount to a mile? One would think that in this age of satellite telemetry, laser technology, digital odometers, and Global Positioning Systems that some one would have discovered this geologic phenomenon heretofore. -Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2012-03-22 05:43:16
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2012-03-22 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, KY State Division of Forestry. I understand in the case of this photo, taken with magnification and the Sparksville Water Tower giving a magnificent point of reference, that, visually, Sparksville and Columbia seem to be closer still. The photo was taken from Jamestown Road, over Bruce Held's free-style barn on what was known as the Frank Dohoney place, out to Weed-Sparksville Road and the new 750,000 gallon Columbia/Adair County Water Tower, and, to its right, the old Sparksville water standpipe; the latter two visuals on Weed-Sparksville Road. -Billy Joe Fudge
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