I recently had a wonderful visit with my grandfather, Lonnie Hodges, a longtime photographer. He was trained as a photographer in the United States Air Force and went on to have a successful career in the field at the University of Kentucky. He is now retired from UK and enjoys photography as a hobby. We shared a spectacular day of adventure around Lexington and the surrounding areas taking pictures of many sights. He had several places in mind for us to shoot, locations he had always wanted to photograph. We exchanged photo stories, took pictures, and he shared a lot of knowledge. Having learned photography in the day of film, it was fascinating to listen to the various techniques and procedures of his day. As my interest in photography has gotten more and more serious, we’ve shared these conversations more regularly. Here are some of the places we visited during my Top Ten: Local Allure venture to Lexington and Wilmore, Kentucky:
First Stop…Lexington Cemetery.
Lexington Cemetery is located in downtown Lexington on West Main Street. It was first established in 1849 on 40 acres and was the first rural cemetery in Lexington. The charming gardens, ponds, and landscaping have flourished to adorn 170 acres.
Located in the center of the cemetery is the Henry Clay Monument. Henry Clay was the famous senator and three time presidential candidate from Kentucky. He was a United State Senator and Representative. He is most notably remembered for his work to settle the dispute between the states on the issue surrounding slavery.
Second Stop…..Highbridge Limestone Quarry.
Having never been to High Bridge before, I had never even heard of Highbridge Spring Water. My papaw quickly informed me and once I saw the quarry and bridge, I saw what makes both so unique. Located outside the small town of Wilmore, Highbridge uses reverse osmosis to filter their spring water.
Last Stop…High Bridge:
High Bridge was originally designed by John Roebling, who later designed the Brooklyn Bridge and the Roebling Suspension Bridge (connecting Covington to Cincinnati). He designed it as a suspension bridge, but the plans were never fully completed. The construction later changed into a cantilever bridge, designed by Charles Shaler Smith. They began construction on High Bridge in the 1850’s; it was finally dedicated in 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The bridge is 275 feet tall and 1,125 feet long; it was the tallest railroad bridge in the world at the time of its completion.
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