You Can Visit The Small Town In Kentucky That Inspired The Walking Dead
With its rich history and ghost towns, Kentucky is a state that’s inspired many things over the years, including popular songs, books, movies, and TV shows. One of the most recent inspirations derived from the small town of Cynthiana, where Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore are from. If you don’t recognize those names, then chances are you are not also from this city and/or you are not a fan of the wildly popular AMC show, “The Walking Dead.” These two Cynthiana natives are the creator and artist of this comic book series turned sci-fi TV show, and you can visit this small town in Kentucky that inspired it all.
‘”The Walking Dead” is one of the most popular TV shows of the past decade and it definitely has a cult following around the world – and it all began in this small town in Kentucky, as Cynthiana natives were inspired to use their hometown as the setting for the very beginning of what would become a legend on the silver screen! Did you already know about this Hollywood/Kentucky connection? Are you a fan of the comic books and show? Share with us in the comments!
While not a ghost town per se, we think Cynthiana, Kentucky, has unofficial “ghost town in Kentucky” status given its connecting with “The Walking Dead!” What do you think?
The Walking Dead Mural Address: South Walnut Street, Cynthiana, KY, 41031.
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What are some other famous small towns in Kentucky?
Looking to explore more towns like Cynthiana, Kentucky? While Cynthiana is the only Kentucky town to inspire a gothic TV series, there are lots of other small towns in KY with big claims to fame:
Harrodsburg. Kentucky entered the union in 1792 -- just two states shy of being one of the original 13. Within our storied and historic state, Harrodsburg lays claim to being the oldest town in Kentucky. Founded in 1774, Harrodsburg is the oldest city in Kentucky and the oldest American settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains, earning the town the title “Birthplace of the West.” While you're here, be sure to stop by the equally historic Old Owl Tavern, a James Beard Award-winning restaurant that’s part of the Beaumont Inn, a beloved Bluegrass establishment that harkens back to 1845.
- Rabbit Hash. We have big love Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, so it's only appropriate that this lovely little town is our destination for February. The town's eponymous general store is the heart and soul of the community; a beloved cornerstone since 1831. For a fun overnight getaway, book a night at the Old Hashienda, a rustic inn right in the heart of Rabbit Hash that offers nightly accommodations.
- Paducah. Are you familiar with "Top Chef?" If so, you'll be well aware of Paducah, the tiny-but-mighty small town in Kentucky that's home to TC finalist Sara Bradley. The Freight House is a relative newcomer to the KY culinary scene, but has already become a beloved Bluegrass State icon!
Are there any ghost towns in Kentucky?
Absolutely there are! If you're into ghost hunting, nothing beats a day trip to Blue Heron, KY, an abandoned mining community along the Big South Fork River. Blue Heron, also known as Mine 18, is an abandoned coal mining town and was a part of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company's historic operation. The Blue Heron mines ran from 1937 until 1962, when operations ceased being profitable. Today, this mining ghost town is run by the National Park Service, and they offer guided tours along it abandoned railroad!