Muhammad Ali Center

I have always considered Muhammad Ali to be one of the most significant people of the 1960s. More than just a boxer—he was a cultural icon and a political symbol. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville KY (Ali’s hometown) is more than a museum documenting Ali’s life—it is a celebration of racial, religious, cultural and … More Muhammad Ali Center

Perryville Battlefield

After the retreats from Shiloh and then Corinth in 1862, Confederate General Pierre Beauregard was relieved of command and replaced by General Braxton Bragg. At first, Bragg gave thought to an assault to re-take Corinth, but concluded that the Federals there were too strong. Then he was presented with an alternate objective by Colonel John … More Perryville Battlefield

Iroquois Park

This large park in Louisville was established in 1899 and designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the guy who designed New York’s Central Park. It has playgrounds for the kids, and a couple miles of nature trails. Some photos from a day at the park: The park Catalpa tree, aka Catawba tree Osage Orange. It’s not … More Iroquois Park

Corydon Battlefield

In late June 1863, Confederate cavalry commander and guerrilla leader John Hunt Morgan launched a raid from Kentucky into Indiana, hoping to attack Indianapolis and draw Federal troops away from Pennsylvania (which was being approached by General Robert E Lee’s army). At the town of Corydon, which was then Indiana’s state capitol, Morgan’s force of … More Corydon Battlefield

Mega-Cavern

I had a good time here.  🙂 Despite the name, “Mega-Cavern” is not a natural cave. Back in the 1930s, it began as an open-air limestone pit. When they found a particularly good layer of limestone, the miners followed it underground. Eventually they reached a depth of over 100 feet, with 27 miles of underground … More Mega-Cavern