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Eagles of Old, in the Adair County Area
By Mike Watson, 204 High Street, Columbia, KY
One of the most enduring symbols of the United States of America is the Bald Eagle. Benjamin Franklin has suggested the stately native bird, the American Turkey, but the Eagle was more popular and has remained to this day. At one time the eagle was severely decimated in number, but with conservation efforts, the numbers have grown. Today, the eagle is a majestic sight in Kentucky. Once upon a time, in Adair County, the eagle was considered a pest, a bird of prey that targeted domesticated animals at times. Killing an eagle became newsworthy as of the twentieth century as the following items will show. May seems to have been a particularly bad month for the eagle.
"The Bald Eagle--Our bald eagle, so called because the feathers on top of his head are white, was called the Washington Eagle by Audubon, the great naturalist. Like Washington, the eagle is brave and fearless, and, as his name and greatness are known the world over, so is the height to which the American eagle can soar. The eagle was adopted as the emblem of the United States in 1785. Since that time it has been used on coins, United States seals, flagpoles and on the shield of Liberty." - Adair County News, 14 December 1910
"Mr. Scott Todd had on exhibition in Columbia last Monday a bald eagle, nearly seven feet from tip to tip. The eagle had been in his neighborhood for several days catching geese and other fowls, and Mr. Todd captured him by the steel trap route." - Adair County News, 9 December 1903
"Ivan Bryant killed an eagle last Saturday on Sulphur that measured 5
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