01 December 2008

Jefferson Davis Monument

When we were in Montgomery, Alabama we learned that the Jefferson Davis Monument was in Fairview, KY, less than an hour from Paducah. The site was created to preserve the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, the first president of the Confederate States of America, the focal point of the which is a 351-foot tall concrete obelisk. Here are some interesting factoids:

On the way home we stopped to see the Kentucky State Penitentiary, also known as the "Castle on the Cumberland." Completed in 1886, it is Kentucky's oldest prison facility. It was also the site of the last Civil War skirmish in Kentucky.

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