Sep 3, 2007

Chained Rock and Grandsons

My daughter recently visited Kentucky and came back with some amazing photos so I thought I'd post some of them here.

This is the legend of the Chained Rock

Some children of Pineville, Kentucky were having troubles sleeping at night because they were afraid that the large rocks that loomed over Pineville on Pine Mountain would break free and come tumbling down the mountain and smashing into Pineville. Well, the parents of these children invented the story that the rocks were chained to the mountain so the children wouldn't worry and sleep. Before long the story of the chained rock spread to neighboring communities and people started showing up in town inquiring about the locality of the chained rock. So as a publicity stunt,
in 1933, the rock was "chained" to the nearby cliff.

The steel chain is 101 feet long, spans 75 feet and weighs 1 1/2 tons. Each 4- by 6-inch link weighs 4 1/2 pounds. They are made of steel and are 1 3/8 inches thick.
It was acquired from a quarry in Virginia and was moved up the mountain by mules, Kiwanis Club members, local Boy Scouts and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Chained Rock

This is my grandson Raymon on the left, my daughter Christy on the right and my new grandson Alex who I have yet to meet in the middle.

Chained Rock

9 comments:

  1. What a good idea some people had, probably men, to resolve the children's fears.

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  2. belle perspective sur la premiere photo, je n'aurais jamais ose passer par cette chaine, bravo


    beautiful prospect on the first photograph, I would have never ose to pass by this chains, cheer

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  3. Interesting way a legend got started. Really nice shots.

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  4. Fascinating story and interesting photos. Nice to see your family

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  5. Family photos have a heart-warming way of personalizing a blog. Thanks! The story of the chained rock legend is a tribute to imagination--love it!

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  6. I like the picture of the chain it is so neat and at the same time the landscape is neat too. It is a really good picture that your daughter caught.

    This story makes me remember this story of a mad man saying to another one who is on a scale, painting the ceiling :
    "Hang to the brush, I remove the scale !"

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  7. Christy!! Most excellent. You and your mom really do share photo gifts and skills.

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  8. And I forgot to comment that the picture of Christy, Raymers and Alex is especially neat.

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  9. okay...that other picture was her...

    Great photos...

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