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George Rice/History - The log dump from Jericho Cliff

There's no historical marker along the Jericho Cliffs on Corbin Bend Road above Green River Lake to tell about this significant geography of Adair County. Today it's a scenic roadway with views along the way of the lake and boats and Holmes Bend Road. The story is not about anything which happened in the writer's lifetime, but stories his father told him, and evidence of the early days of timber harvest stirred his interest to write another of his very compelling stories.
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By George Rice

Got Christine out of the house for a Sunday Drive Friday afternoon.

Drove down to Holmes Bend Boat Dock back to and along Corbin Bend Road and stopped along the Jericho Cliff to take this picture from the site of the log dump used many years ago.

Looking upstream from this point, the body of water up to the boat dock covers what was the George Rice Sr. farm.



Beyond the boat dock going upstream the last owner of that farm was Gordon Renfro.

The Log Dump site was a point from which people would roll logs over the bluff to a point at the lower end of the Rice farm.

From there, the harvest logs were rolled into the river. Then, men would secure six or eight or 10 logs with what was call "raft dogs" to hold them together.

Then, when the river was full enough they were floated downstream to some point and removed for the saw mill.

The log dum was never used in my life time, but at my earliest memory is that there were remaining signs of the dump at the lower end of our farm at the foot of this bluff.

My Daddy said that he helped float one raft, and when he got off he was through rafting.


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George Rice/historic: The Log Dump from Corbin Bend Road



2015-04-19 - Corbin Bend Road, District 6, Adair County, KY - Photo by George Rice.
Today, this view from the Jericho Cliff on Corbin Bend Road, is of Holmes Bend Road. George Rice remembers stories his father told him of the day when the vantage point was known as "The Log Dump." That was before the writer's day, but he does remember scars left at the body of the cliff, before Green River Lake was impounded, which was evidence of the time when timbering was much different from today. Harvested logs were rolled over the bluff, then moved to the river, then lashed together with "raft logs," then floated downstream to a mill. It was dangerous work; George Rice recalls that his father, George Sr., helped with one float down the river. "When he got off," George Jr., remembers being told, "He was through." His river rafting career was complete.

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