One Road, One Hundred Cultures, One Million Stories to Tell!
This is the tagline for a six-state initiative which is currently underway! Representatives from the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Wisconsin met in Memphis Tennessee last month to explore the possibility of working together to promote Historic Highway 51. Thirteen hundred miles of road offering unique experiences all along the way.
The response was overwhelming! Already a logo has been developed, a website begun and each state is compiling information about what there is to see and do along the entire route.
This Month's Featured State: KENTUCKY
Kentucky, having the least amount of miles of road through their state (51 miles on Hwy 51), happens to be the state with the most towns one passes through as well as being the state in the most strategic location. It falls right in the middle. Anyone going south or north must come through Kentucky. It is a wonderful place to be!
A few sites along the route through Kentucky includes wonderful courthouses and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Two worthwhile stops are Columbus-Belmont Civil War site where the Confederates attempted to block the river with a huge chain and Wickliffe Mounds, a fascinating archeological dig, both owned and operated by Kentucky State Parks. There are a few B & B's, wonderful small town communities and delicious barbecue all along the way.
This area is also rich in animal life with three wildlife management areas just minutes from the road and some of the best birdwatching and hunting in the state. Visit our website at 10000trails.com for a wonderful pictorial of sites along the way. We will be adding information and photos for every state and every community and will eventually be moving the entire website to Highway51.com Each month, another state will be featured. Visit the website often and watch it grow.