On the banks of Pleasant Run, Clark County Indiana, the Shawnee had a village dating from perhaps 1750. Around 1790, a meti (French/Shawnee mixed) trader named Charles Tully ran a trading post, Local legend says the Shawnee defeated a force from Utica Indiana at Battle Creek.

Around 1799 whites moved in and renamed it Springville. From 1801 to 1802 it was the county seat of Clark County. The seat was moved, and residents abandoned it for nearby Charlestown.

These Utica ruins are known as the witch’s Castle. Legend says that Charles Tully’s daughters lived here.

[behind the Bottorff Cemetery is Pleasant Run, most of Tullytown lying on the opposite side of the creek]


Yes, no, but–Alligators are frequently spotted in Kentucky, even in the Ohio River. Experts claim they are pets since alligators can’t tolerate temperature below 40F. But winters are growing milder, and alligators may be adapting. Happy swimming.

Armstrong Station

The photo is the front of the farmhouse I lived in as a baby. It belonged to my grandparents. This is the front—the back faces the Ohio River—on the right is Bull Creek. Grandpa’s farm ran all the way down to the Ohio River. He farmed with mules but had a milk cow, pigs, and chickens. (this is close to Charlestown Indiana)

The land slopes down to the Ohio River, which during dry weather was fordable on horseback. About 1790, Kentucky settlers built a blockhouse, Armstrong Station, to keep Shawnee warriors from crossing into Kentucky. I believe the farmhouse was built on the only flat ground available—the site of Armstrong Station. Being beside Bull Creek gave the blockhouse an emergency water supply. (blockhouse pictured is an example, the blockhouse was gone before cameras)


Comments about Stone Man and the Trail of Tears:

Charles Suddeth’s mother: My favorite book!

Charles Suddeth’s grandma: How nice.

Charles Suddeth’s brother: I can still whup him with one hand tied behind my back

Charles Suddeth’s friends: He has been drinking too much coffee.

Charles Suddeth’s neighbors: He wrote a book?

[Editor’s note: Someone dumped bourbon in Mr. Suddeth’s coffee]

Stone Man and the Trail of Tears

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Once upon a time, folks would stroll fairs and beaches, ice cream in their bare hands–what a mess! On this day (July 23) at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Arnold Fornachou formed a waffle into a cone and made the first commercial ice cream cones. No more drippy hands! (cones had been tried before but had never became popular) Go out and buy that cone!

Celebrate! Burp!

Today is National Hot Dog Day. Oh the glories of a hot dog–camping, picnicking, dining–grilled, fried boiled and so on. Toppings? Use your imagination.

Morning fog

I like the way the lights burn through the Ohio River morning fog. Eric Suddeth photo–060818.


My niece introduced me to the first photo–taken this weekend. This bear is in Fern Creek a suburb about 10 miles south of Louisville. There are other recent bear reports around Louisville and on the Indiana side of the Ohio River.

Bernheim Forest, a 15,000 acre park 25 miles south of Louisville, may have a resident bear population. Second photo.


Too close

Today’s solar .photos–July 20–taken by NASA’s SDO–Solar Dynamics Observatory. Different filters are used to obtain different colors.

Back from the dead

Drive-in movies are once again popular. When I was around 12, I spent my summers on my grandparents’ farm outside of Jeffersonville Indiana. Together with 4 orphaned cousins, we would walk a couple miles to the Lakewood Drive-In. We snuck under the fence and watched the movie sitting in the grass. There was no sound, but it was all we could afford. We bought soft drinks, so the Lakewood made a little on us. This was long ago—the Lakewood has long ago been torn down, replaced by a subdivision.

(Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer, sorry)

Take me out to the drive-in,

Take me out to the movies,

Buy me some popcorn and soda pop,

I don’t care if I ever come home,

Let me cheer, cheer, cheer for the good guys,

If they don’t win, it’s a crime,

It’s one, two, three movies, you’re done,

At the old drive-in.

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