Tuesday, October 28, 2008
southern sojourn 2: louisville, lincoln and leisure
West Main District boasts the second-largest concentration of cast-iron facades in the United States. Like many American downtowns, the strip fell on hard times by the 1970s, when the first renewal efforts began. Efforts to bring the street back to life incorporated museums, boutique hotels, sculptures and stylish street furniture.
We stumbled upon this just off I-65 during a brief sojourn along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We were too early to taste test any of the state's finer drinks, though we briefly wandered the grounds at the Jim Beam distillery.
We also ran into our second incident involving gasoline gift cards. Mom had earned $100 worth of Shell cards at Casino Windsor and saw the trip as the perfect opportunity to use them. Our first attempt was in Huntingdon, Indiana, where a confused clerk wound up only taking $16 off a $25 card for a $30-something fill. You're welcome to figure out the logic behind this, as we couldn't. Attempt number two was at a station near Jim Beam where the clerk hummed and hawed for 10 minutes, totally perplexed by the processing procedure for gift cards.
We paid in cash. Back in the car, we wondered if somebody was playing a joke on us.
Hodgenville, a town with a bottomless reservoir of Lincoln tributes.
Sarcasm aside, it is an impressive sight.
attractions several states away. Stopping to take photos proved tricky, due to the lack of a shoulder on the road. This didn't detract from the scenery along the winding routes of both branches of US 31.
Our path never led us to the wonders of Rock City, but it did take us past vintage tourist attractions in Cave City.
the air-conditioned comfort of a wigwam. Of the seven Wigwam Motels built between 1933 and 1950, Cave City's is one of three survivors. The site was well preserved and fully booked for the evening.
Full photo set
Next: All the way to Memphis