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A Creek Runs through it

8-5-2006 I drove to Livingston County, Kentucky to visit the largest span in the eastern United States. At 154 ft wide this arch is huge. It served as a winter shelter for the Cherokee as they waited for spring to cross the nearby Ohio river during their forced "Trail of Tears" march from the Smokies to Oklahoma. Unfortunately many died here and therefore it is hallowed ground.     

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The plaque at the entrance to Mantle Rock

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The road from the plaque to the trailhead is rough. I decided to turn my car around and walk the rest of the way.

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The trailhead shack

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Approaching Mantle Rock

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Mantle Rock in all it's glory

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It's easy to see why the Cherokee used this for their winter home on the "Trail of Tears"

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An arch in the making near Mantle Rock

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A seperation from the wall is starting to form. Someday someone will trek here to photograph a new arch.

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Prickly pear on the ridgetop

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The top of Mantle Rock