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Trail Ride: Return to Jericho, Fishers Ford, memories held dear

Only a part any of the images seen by the party of four - Phil and Barry Bertram and George Rice, traveling in a horse drawn wagon driven by Junior Holmes, Saturday afternoon around Holmes Bend can be seen by others among the thousands who visit the area each year today. Those images, even more beautiful than the area today, are in memories, memories of an un-incarcerated, free running, Green River and of of river bottom farms, of a town called "Jericho," which may not have had everything anyone wanted - but everything they needed - even, of sorts, a zoo (Willie Watson's parrott) and a world class frightener of a dog, named Wren.
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By George Rice

Actually it was a good friend Junior Holmes that took Barry and Phil Bertram and George Rice on a horse drawn wagon ride through the horse and wagon trails at Holmes Bend Park.

Barry remembers as a small boy spending time at his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Risen. They were the owners of the well known Risen farm that extended from the Fisher Ford to the George Rice farm which is now the at the Holmes Bend Boat Dock.

As the trail followed the original road to the Fisher ford area we passed by where the Rollin Bault house was and the area of Skillet (Tommie) Skaggs and on to the area where once stood two huge post made of stone that decorated the entrance to the Ricen farm.

Across the road from these stone post was the house of Willie Watson (Mother) and children Lorena, Joe and Cleo. They had a huge dog named Wren that was harmless but would frighten a little boy something awful.

Also, Barry and I remember they had a parrot that was given to them by a Mr. Alvin Lyon, who owned the Fisher farm after the Fishers.

The one word that I remember the parrot saying was it would scream AlVIN. Many Thanks to Junior Holmes for a very enjoyable ride.

Photo George Rice

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A nostalgic horse drawn wagon ride near Fishers Ford

2015-07-12 - Holmes Bend Park, Jericho, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Rice.
Junior Holmes, Center took Barry and Phil Bertram on a ride in a horse drawn wagon around the area of Holmes Bend Boat Dock. The Bertrams remember visiting the area on Green River back when it was free when Holmes Bend was known as Fishers Ford, and when the Bertram's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Risen, owned a farm which adjoined what is now Holmes Bend Marina. - GEORGE RICE. Photo taken Sat 11 Jul 2015.

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