The Kentucky Ghost Town That’s Perfect For An Autumn Day Trip
Kentucky is a wild and wonderful place, one with deep roots and history. While the Bluegrass State was not part of the legendary Gold Rush, there was another epic event here that sent prospectors and hopeful folks flocking to Kentucky: the mining boom. Though precious metals are most associated with the mining boom, coal was an equally profitable treasure hiding underground — and Kentucky had it, in spades. Get a dose of this unexplored history in Blue Heron, Kentucky, an abandoned mining community along the Big South Fork River. This Kentucky ghost town is eerie and unsettling, especially as the leaves begin to change and fall brings a chill to the air. In other words, Blue Heron makes for a pretty perfect autumn day trip in Kentucky!
Have you visited this Kentucky ghost town before? Did you even know of its existence? It’s an often forgotten piece of Bluegrass history that definitely deserves to be explored! Learn more about Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area at the NPS website.
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