Every state has a few strange spots that will make you stop and look twice—and Kentucky is no exception. We have a lot of beautiful acres, along with the occasional, “Why is that here?” sight. Some strange spots in Kentucky we have no true explanation for. For other strange spots, we have done our best to create a logical reason for their existence.
These 10 things in Kentucky will definitely catch the eye and make you question why:
10. Tire rim woman
West of Marion off Highway 60, drivers will notice a 60’ woman made entirely of tire rims. No one is really sure where she came from or who made her, but she can be seen
waving at the traffic as it passes.
9. Big Ben of Kentucky
London has their majestic clock tower… and our capital has the floral clock. Our unique 34’ diameter clock has more than 10,000 flowers planted fresh yearly, while it rests in a 100-ton concrete basin at 700 Capital Avenue in Frankfort. The hour hand is 15’ long and the minute hand is a whopping 20’ in length. It was designed by Bert Combs in 1961 after seeing something similar in Scotland. Not a lot of places have a clock made of flowers deemed the weed clock by its creator.
8. Ode to chicken
Many a Kentuckian loves Kentucky Fried Chicken, and this helped make the real Colonel Sanders a legend. We even have the Harland Sanders Café and Museum at 688 US Route 25 N in Corbin. The dinner house still serves food, but the café closed its doors for dining. It was than filled with memorabilia from the Colonel himself, and his once delightful string of restaurants.
7. Big Bone Lick State Park
It has buffalo...
This gorgeous state park at 3380 Beaver Road in Walton is a great place to visit with lots of exciting things to do. There are acres of scenic beauty, gorgeous waterways, and plenty of places to have a picnic or camp in nature. The name does make one scratch the head and ponder it for a moment… but just refer to the sign.
6. Flying saucer in Covington
This house looks like a flying saucer and is one of only a few of these made. They are supposed to comfortably fit eight humans, but it is a bit of a squeeze. Still, they do look really cool. This one is located on Wright Street, but for the owner's privacy the address will not be given.
5. Giant bat
Louisville is home to a baseball bat that stands right at six stories high. It is located at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Baseball Bat Factory on 800 W Main, and tours are available. Why did they make a 6 story ball bat? We have no idea… but I often wonder when a one-story ball is going to show up.
Despite as much as some Kentuckians fuss about stereotyping us as hicks… Florence goes and does this. They initially had the tower painted red and white, but some comparisons to a certain chicken establishment called questions to arise. To eliminate conflict, they decided to greet all travelers to the area in their finest hick speak.
3. Vent Haven Museum
The building at 33 W Maple in Fort Mitchell is home to the greatest gathering of dummies in the world. Not as in mentally challenged, but in reference to ventriloquist dummies. This is the only Ventriloquist Museum in the world, and is also the annual gathering spot for ventriloquists and ventriloquist enthusiasts.
2. Wigwam Village Inn
This unusual hotel is located at 601 N Dixie Highway in Cave City, and is a wonderful place to spend a night or three. If you are bored with the standard hotel room, staying in a wigwam is most assuredly a unique experience to have.
1. Stone procession
Colonel Henry G Wooldridge decided long before he died that there would always be guests at his grave. Thus, he commissioned a collection of stone figures to be made including his great niece, all his sisters, his mother, brothers, a horse named Fop, a dog or two and several other beings. They took seven years to complete, and he another seven to pass on and join the party he had made. This stone procession can be seen at the Maplewood Cemetery on 611 N 5th Street in Mayfield.
Each one of these attractions is relatively unique to Kentucky, even if they’re inspired from elsewhere. No one really knows what was in the minds of their creators, but they do draw out a bit of curiosity. Are there any places in our beautiful state that are so strange they make you look twice? What and where?