(Jan) Monday found Chuck & I in Indianapolis visiting RV friends. Thanks to Jerry and Nancy for a wonderful visit. We met this fun couple in 2008 and soon discovered that we shared an interest in Geneology. We have traveled together in our Rvs and also met at interesting places along the road. Since then they have moved into a beautiful home in Indianapolis where we arrived for our visit. We feasted on a gourmet meal prepared by Nancy’s daughter Chrissy, enjoyed lots of laughter and several glasses of wine.
We drove over to Lattaville, Ohio from Indy, which Chuck has written about in his Genealogy Blog. From there we wanted to see a bit of Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Generations ago both of our families traveled through this area on the Ohio River when it was a frontier. It’s really a thrill to visit here now. It’s also our first visit to the state of Kentucky.
When I looked on the internet for lists of things to do in Cincinnati, two things on the lists seemed consistent; The Roebling Suspension Bridge and Spring Grove Cemetery. Interesting! We arrived in the area on Wednesday afternoon and found a good place to stay at the Newport Elks in Cold Springs, Kentucky. That afternoon after setting up the motorhome we found our way to the Kentucky side of the Roebling bridge in Covington, KY. The bridge, designed and build by John Roebling, was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was finished in 1866 after 10 years of sporadic construction due to weather, funding and the Civil War. It is rated as one of the most historically important bridges in the U.S.
|The Cincinatti shoreline at right showcasing the Bengals Footfall stadium and the Covington shoreline featuring the Roebling murals.|
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is one of the largest cemetery in the U.S. Covering 733 acres, it has 15 lakes, 1200 species of trees and shrubs, amazing monuments, statues & mausoleums, 44 miles of roadways and large Woodland Preserve. The cemetery was established in 1844. In 1855 Adolph Strauch, a Prussian born landscape gardener became the superintendent. His influence is still practiced today. We did not allow ourselves nearly enough time to view this peaceful, interesting place. Next time we will take hours to explore.
On Thursday we were off to Lexington, Kentucky to visit Keeneland Race Track, home of the 2015 Breeders Cup. Lexington is famous for thoroughbred horses. Each morning there is free viewing of the exercise sessions at Keeneland. Being at the rail and watching these amazing animals is a thrill. The clubhouse, grandstand and stables can all be seen on a walking tour of the grounds. We watched the morning exercises and then walked to the Track Kitchen for a hearty breakfast. The food was not gourmet but the price was good and we ate among the owners, trainers and people working with the horses.
We drove north from Keeneland through the lush, green country side that is a slice of Kentucky horse breeders heaven. The manicured, fenced pastures and grounds were dotted with grazing horses, beautiful trees and magnificent stables and homes. Most of the fences were wooden and painted black but there were some white fences and also some remaining historic rock fences. The limestone, cleared from the fields, was used building border walls for pastures. These dry stacked walls were built by Irish immigrants. It is thought that only 5-10% of the 19th Century walls remain today.