The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch – Lexington, KY

The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch – Lexington, KY

Backroads Discoveries, Horse Art, Kentucky, Street Art
[caption id="attachment_7703" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Unbridled by Augustine Zarate (visit artist page)[/caption] In September 2013 the downtown streets of Lexington were littered with 41 whiskey barrels...colorfully painted ones to be exact.  The LexArts Organization introduced this unique public art event entitled "The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch" which celebrated not only the history and lore of Kentucky's bourbon, but also the chronicle of a long-buried stream that was a formative basis of historic Lexington, the Town Branch.  Alltech, Inc. recently opened a new Bourbon Distillery in Lexington called Town Branch Bourbon, and the charred, white oak barrels used in these displays come from this new distillery. I had the opportunity one morning to drive around downtown Lexington and grab shots of a number of these barrels, trying to get them…
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Looking Back: Places Gone But Not Forgotten

Bridges, Colorado, Marc Manning Photography, North Dakota, Route 66, South Dakota
THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO THE THOUSANDS WHO EITHER LOST THEIR LIVES OR WERE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE TERRIBLE EVENTS OF SEPT. 11, 2001 [caption id="attachment_1757" align="aligncenter" width="640"] World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty - Dec. 1990[/caption] All of us have been to a local store or restaurant that is now no longer in business.  Many times we drive by the empty shell of the former restaurant or store and may have a sense of sadness.  I know that here in Lexington I can probably drive by well over a dozen such restaurant locations and probably as many store locations. World Trade Center - Formerly in New York City Sometimes, similar things happen to tourist attractions, roadside attractions and the like.  I am pleased that I have had an…
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Got Tuba? — Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum

Got Tuba? — Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum

Backroads Discoveries, Bucket List Trips, Colorado, South Dakota
[caption id="attachment_466" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Traveler's Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum[/caption] Back in May of 2008 I took a trip to Grand Rapids, MI and then headed home on some backroads.  I stopped in Okemos, MI for some lunch and a visit to the Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum. [caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="316"] World Famous Sousaphountain[/caption] The restaurant is known for its diverse international cuisine, which you dine on casually while looking at the great variety of tubas and sousaphones.  You can also eat outside and listen to the gurgling of the Sousaphountain.  On this day I had a Buffalo Burger and it was great!! [caption id="attachment_465" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Travelers Club International Restaurant's famous Buffalo Burger[/caption] The better part of the journey was all of the tubas around…
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