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58 > Image 58 of KYIAN 1975

Part of University of Kentucky Yearbook Collection

Glimpses (cont) (Continued Irom pg. 52) named after the young woman, Jenny Wiley, who was captured by Cherokees in 1787 and held prisoner for 11 months near the present park site. She escaped, however, crossing the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy river and entered Blockhouse Bottom, the first settlement in Eastern Kentucky. The park carries her name to honor her act of courage and fortitude. Jenny Wiley offers among other things, beautiful Dewey Lake, complete with white sand beaches and an attraction at the top of the mountain which goes billed as the "world's highest double ferris wheel." Mammoth Cave is another famous national park. It is known for it's network of cavern corridors the longest in the world and mineral deposits which were used in the manufacture of ammunition during the Civil War. It's colorful stalactite and stalagmite formations, huge cavernous rooms and underground rivers make it a popular attraction. Fort Boonesborough State Park, where Daniel Boone established and defended the first fortified settlement in Kentucky against the Indians; the Lincoln Homestead State Park, where Thomas Lincoln, father of the president, grew to manhood; John James Audubon Park, where he roamed the woods making studies for nature paintings that would be his life's work, are just a few. Kentucky is historically noted, also, for her famous personalities. Stephen Foster, who wrote the song "My Old Kentucky Home," Daniel Boone, Henry Clay, famous statesman, Abra ham Lincoln and his family, and members of the Hunt-Morgan family, are only a few. Ken tucky prolongs, portrays and perserves the lives of these people in various ways. A version of the "Stephen Foster Story" is presented at Bardstown, and the "Daniel Boone Story" at Harrodsburg. Both are in the form of an outdoor drama. The homes of a few of these personalities have been restored and opened to public visitation. A number of them are in Lexington.