Eddyville, Kentucky

Good morning, my friends it's a misty morning here in Eddyville. It's been a while since we saw fog like this. This is what I see through the window as I write.

Backing up to East St. Louis, this was what we saw on our last evening there. The kitties were all about this. There were two rabbits, but one ran away too fast for me to capture him in my picture.

We spent our last morning resting up for the drive...just over 200 miles yesterday. Smitty likes this quilt.

Sadie was gathering the morning rays in her window hammock.

Heading out, I was happy to see this street named for our 44th president.

And we caught one more view of the arch as we drove out of town.

Heading on down the road, we soon came to one of these signs directing us to various kinds of fast foods. Now take a look at this:

Having just been to the Gateway Arch, the similarity in the shape suddenly became obvious. So...who copied whom? As it turns out, the Gateway Arch and the McDonald's logo came into being at approximately the same time in the early 60's. Inquiring of The Google, I learned that originally, real arches were part of the restaurant design. You've probably seen some of the original structures. They looked like this:

(Image credit: "File:GentillySpeedyMcDonalds.jpg" 
by Infrogmation of New Orleans is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.)

They were incorporated into the chain's logo in 1962, which resembled a stylized restaurant. In the current Golden Arches logo, introduced 1968, they resemble an "M" for "McDonald's." They are widely regarded to be one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

Now, I have one more thing to say about the "Golden Arches." And to quote Dave Barry, I swear I am not making this up. I read it in the book, Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. (Good book, by the way.) Some people have speculated that the McDonald's Golden Arches resemble women's breasts. This was partially because of Louis Cheskin, a scientific researcher, clinical psychologist, and marketing innovator. Mr. Cheskin argued that the arches, which he likened to "mother McDonald's breasts" had "Freudian applications to the subconscious mind of the consumer and were great assets in marketing McDonald's food." And that concludes my TED Talk about the golden arches. Thank you for coming.

Moving on...it was another good day for barns.

It was interstate almost all the way yesterday. The road looked like this:

Except when it looked like this (sigh) : 

Along our way, we drove past Rend Lake. We'll be staying here on our way back west at another of the COE (Corps of Engineers) campgrounds. 

We passed through the town of Benton, Illinois. There's nothing particularly interesting about Benton except that in September 1963, Beatle George Harrison visited Benton while on vacation. It was the first time any member of the group visited American soil. He stayed at the home of his sister, Louise. The bungalow used to be the Hard Day's Nite Bed and Breakfast. During his trip he traveled from Benton to Fenton's Music Store in Mt. Vernon, IL to purchase a Rickenbacker 425 that later sold at auction for $657k. 

In August 2017, a 16-foot-tall (4.9 m) commemorative mural of George Harrison was created and donated by California artist John Cerney. Cerney caught word of Harrison's memorable visit to the town on a Sirius radio program, which inspired Cerney's creation. The "highway art" can be found facing southbound traffic along Interstate 57, the road we were traveling.

We also passed through the city of Metropolis, Illinois. In his various portrayals, Superman resides in a fictional American city named Metropolis, and on June 9, 1972, the Illinois State Legislature passed Resolution 572, declaring Metropolis the "Hometown of Superman." The city has a 15-foot-tall (4.6 m) painted bronze statue of Superman which sits in front of the county courthouse

(Image credit: "Metropolis, Illinois - 25' Statue of Superman" 
by kthypryn is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

A statue of Noel Neill's Lois Lane from The Adventures of Superman stands just a few blocks away.

(Image credit: "La statue de Noel Niell" by Geoffrey Bonnefoy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

Metropolis also happens to be the birth place of actor John Malkovich.

Also of interest was the town of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Mt. Vernon was founded in 1817 by Zadok Casey, who was elected to the State Senate in 1822 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1833.He served in the U.S. Congress between 1833 and 1843.The town was named for George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon, which was named for Edward Vernon, a British naval hero. 

Mt. Vernon has a lot of interesting history, but the part I wanted to tell you about was this: On February 19, 1888, a tornado cut a path a half mile wide through Mt. Vernon, killing 37 people and destroying more than 450 houses. The Jefferson County Courthouse was destroyed. This event was one of the first disasters to which the American Red Cross responded. Clara Barton herself directed the relief efforts.

(Image credit: "Clara Barton" by exit78 is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.)

So all those little towns kept me busy reading up on their history and notable people. We were nearly to our final destination when we crossed the state line into Kentucky. The Ohio River divides the two states. We could see the bridge up ahead...

Here we go...up and over.

The river is wide here.

And then...ta-da! Heellllllllooooooo, Kentucky!

And just across the state line, we passed through Paducah.

And I barely caught this sign directing us to the National Quilt Museum. Paducah, we're going to be spending a lot of time with you.

When I planned this trip, everything in Paducah was already booked. We're actually staying about 30 miles down the road in Eddyville, Kentucky. We crossed over the Ohio River again as we made our way farther east.

The river is not so wide here.

Eventually, we reached our campground for the next four nights (three now). Taking a look at this, I was pretty sure Smitty was going to like it here. There are other campers here, but we practically have the place to ourselves. There's also a water park, but this is their off season, and the water park is closed.

Of course, the first order of business was to add Kentucky to the side of the RV. Here's the before.

Here's the after. I know...such a gas.

Of the lower 48, only Kansas remains, and don't you worry, Kansas. We're coming for you in a couple of weeks. I amused myself because I wrote a blog post way back in September of 2014...nearly 10 years ago. I included this picture of the map as it stood at the time:

After I added the last state for that trip, I said this: "There's a big hole right in the middle of our map. Kansas, your turn is coming. Of course there are all of those other states too, but Kansas seems to stick out more than the others." And, what can I say, Kansas? We saved the best for last. Except for the truly last...Alaska. Alaska, your turn will be next year.

And shortly thereafter, I got Himself out for a walk.

He sampled this Kattucky grass and found it to his liking.

Growing around our campsite, I captured these tiny little wildflowers. My phone tells me this is 

So here we are. The quilt show starts today. We have one-day tickets, but we'll wait and go tomorrow. We have tickets for the museum on Friday. And that leaves us with a free day for today. We're going to do our grocery shopping, and Mike wants to do some maintenance on the RV. It'll be good to hang out and rest our feet for the quilt show tomorrow. You might want to do the same. I expect we'll be doing a lot of walking and standing while we're there. I'm hoping they'll let me take pictures, and of course, I'll share if I can.

It's a pretty day, and the mist has burned off. It's time to get going. It's been a few days since I've had time for slow-stitching. I'm looking forward to getting a little more done on that today.


Barbara said...

The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it's going to go and where you'll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don't let anyone deter you from that. ~ Eartha Kitt

piecefulwendy said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about the show. You found some interesting highlights on your trek to Kentucky, thanks for sharing them. All those magnets - you're almost done! Exciting!

dgs said...

What fun and beautiful scenery. I'm so happy you are filling up your map of states and in the home stretch. Few can say they have seen all 50 states (sadly, I'm not one of them). And, how exciting you get to go to Paducah. I have never been, but it is on my bucket list. I'm looking forward to visiting it virtually with you.

Lyndsey said...

Lots of very interesting information about the towns along your journey which I really enjoyed. The map is filling up nicely but for now my main excitement is a quilt show. Your mentioning Paducah has reminded me to book my tickets for the Festival of Quilts in August. It was such fun last year.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

We were just in Paducah this past weekend. The museum is fabulous - you'll enjoy it. We also went to a fun winery - Purple Toad. While their wines can't compare to Oregon wines, it is fun to visit and taste!

Kate said...

It's always interesting to see what you post about your travels. The marketing strategy for McDonald's was unexpected, but very entertaining. Enjoy the quilt show.

Sara said...

So many places to explore! In Kansas - if you go through Concordia there is a wonderful Orphan Train museum, and a WWII German POW camp. Both quite interesting.

Beth said...

I attended kindergarten and first grade at Clara Barton Elementary in Anaheim, CA, and since then have always felt a special fondness for her. Funny how those loyalties persist, isn't it? It underlines the importance of choosing school names with care.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you for that. Never again will I pass a Golden Arches and not think of women's boobs.