Kentucky

Kentucky’s Wild Rivers

Kentucky

Out of 149,000 miles of river water in Kentucky, only 114 of those miles are protected by the state—and they are full of some of the best wonder this wild and scenic state has to offer

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part Two)

Frankfort, KY; Baton Rouge, LA; Annapolis, MD; Jackson, MS

Some may be a bit fancier than others, but all of these Southern state capitols have some, er, interesting stories behind them

Faster ’n Fish: The Swimming Scientist’s Record Tennessee River Swim

Paducah, Kentucky

Collecting both data and attention, German professor Andreas Fath set the world record for swimming the Tennessee—from Knoxville to Paducah

Southern State Songs That Stick in Your Head

Oklahoma, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky

If every state had a Ray Charles song or a James Taylor tune, there wouldn’t be a soul to forget it

A Story to Tell: Discovering Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

UNESCO Creative City Paducah, Kentucky, knows the time-honored truth well: What is art if not a clever iteration of a story we need to tell?

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

What Lies Beneath: The Origin of Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, Tennessee

The only natural lake in Tennessee, bird-loving Reelfoot Lake is evidence that massive topographical changes can happen nearly overnight

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

Noble in Character, Worthy in Deed: Uncle Cal and His Famous Racehorses

Lexington, Kentucky

Owner of both Exterminator and Merrick, Cal Milam may have been shrewd about racehorses, but he had a big heart

America’s Iconic Feud: Hatfield v. McCoy

Mingo County, West Virginia; Pike County, Kentucky

The Hatfield-McCoy story is our own Shakespearean tragedy—but with the bitter bite of reality

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Four)

Corinth, Kentucky; Corinth, Mississippi; Corinth, Texas; Corinth, Arkansas

Like their Grecian namesake, the communities named Corinth in the American South often have a history of being first at something—or at least second or third

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit