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Jackson Brower wishes he'd had Barnetts Creek Style bridge

Former resident of Barnett's Creek Road is intrigued by the Barnett's Creek Bridges; wishes he'd had one in the olden days of the 1970s - he wouldn't have drowned out his old VW bus so many times had he had one. There were times when he just had to get out, when he lived at Pellyton, when everybody depended for the news on one of the 16 papers he worked at from time to time at Waggener-Walker Newspapers, Inc, 108 N. Reed Street, Columbia, KY and he was a key journalists editing and writing for so many of them. He still has "ink in his blood" and is grateful for the lessons he learned from one of the all time great South Central Kentucky newspaper men, Gordon Crump. He's going to be watching the Discovery Channel's Backyard Oil series, too. Keeping in touch with some great friends and mentors he me while in Adair County

By Jackson BrowerFormer editor for Waggener-Walker Newspapers, Inc., Columbia, KY

Remember me? I'm havin' a deja vu all over again.

I've been checking out your cool website on a regular basis for a couple months now.

I love this bridge (Bridges of Adair Co., KY: Barnett's Creek Style) and wish I had had one like it when we lived there in the log cabin. I drowned out my old VW bus so many times in that creek it's not even funny.

I completely ruined an almost brand new Ford pickup in that creek. I'll tell you one thing, that dang Barnetts Creek taught me a lot of hard lessons about how you have to respect Mother Nature!

I'm glad to hear Gordon (Gordon Crump) is still kicking. You always return to your roots. He's become kind of a famous hermit, now, huh? Saw your photo of him and his baby goats. (Story/photo: At 80, Gordon Crump proves you can live the life you want) You and Gordon taught me so much, I am eternally grateful.

Yes, I still have "ink in my blood." I have a hobby job as a news writer for a monthly community paper called the Union-Finley Messenger. Check it out at

My "real" job is Marketing Specialist for Atlas Energy. We drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale (PA), Utica Shale (OH), Chattanooga Shale (TN) and Barnett Shale (TX). I'm definitely going to check out that drilling show about Adair County on the Discovery Channel.

My daughter, Cara, works as a film set designer in Los Angeles, but I haven't seen her in a few years.

My new wife, Jill and I have a 13-year old boy, Jeremy, who's in middle school. When I go to his high school graduation, the old man might be using a walker. (Just kidding.) I plan to work at Atlas until I'm forced to retire. They are "senior friendly" at this company, so I'm not really worried about it. I love the fact that I'll never get "down-sized" - been there done that (twice).
Sorry to hear about the passing of Paul Hayes. He was a great guy and an excellent writer like you and Gordon. Say hello to Linda and (Dr.) Neal Gold for me, OK?

I have many, many fond memories of Adair County Kentucky, THAT IS FOR SURE!!! Best Wishes, - Jackson

Thanks, Jackson Brower: for bringing back memories of some of the great people who made it so interesting to work at the newspaper factory, at 108 N. Reed Street, Columbia, KY. And we're happy for your success. Maybe you'll retire here, will a little place across Barnett's Creek, with a little Amish bridge that let's you get out and shop at Ellistown or even to a nearby big town like Dunnville, Creston, Knifley or Mannsville. Pellyton is still a great community, even though the general store is no longer open there. Thanks for keeping us posted. - ED WAGGENER

This story was posted on 2013-04-19 12:14:15
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Bridges of Adair Co., KY: Barnett's Creek Style

2013-04-15 - Barnetts Creek Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
This sturdy, attractive bridge
goes to private property across from Barnett's Creek United Methodist Church. It's constructed of steel railings and utilizes what looks to be railroad ties for the floor. It's one of several such bridges at entrances to homes and farms from about 1.5 miles of Barnett's Creek Road in the Pellyton Community of Adair County. This photo was taken Saturday, April 13, 2013. One note: The covered bridge in the community no longer stands. Any comments, clarifications or corrections welcome. -EW

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