Hope this isn’t too boring of a ride report.
The other day was moving some stuff around at the house and found this book “The Frontiersmen” by Alan Eckert.
It got me thinking about Simon Kenton and how much of an American hero he was and American “Bad Ass”.
And there were lots of historic Simon Kenton sites right here in Northern Kentucky.
So off on the Wee I go….
A little history before we get going here.
Simon was born in Virginia at the age of 16 fell in love with Ellen Cummings.
But Simon found out she was to marry another man William Leechman.
On the day of their wedding Simon decided to crash the wedding and whoop up on William.
But William and his friends beat Simon up pretty good.
This public beating simmered in Simon for over a year till one day he found William working out in the field and beat him to with in an inch of his life.
Simon thinking he had killed him ran to the new frontier to escape hanging.
When Simon was a child he heard tales from his uncle about Kain-tuck-ee and the “Canelands”.
This was the start of his adventure.
He even changed his name to Simon Butler to keep his true identity a secret.
Simon was eventually captured by the Shawnees Indians and had to run the infamous gauntlet 9 times.
He finally escaped to Detroit.
He died in Urbana,Ohio.
Here are some of the historic sites and other things I came across along the way….
Kenton County Court House Independence,Ky.
And then I found this pretty cool Harley
Then headed down to Covington,Ky.
John Roebling suspension bridge 1866.
Same guy did the Brooklyn Bridge.
Simon Kenton statue.
George Rodgers Clark, Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone and Colonel Logan
Now back on the bike and head south on Rt.8 towards Maysville Ky
Maysville was called Limestone back in Simon's day.
This area was also the location of "The Canelands"
Here's a photo on the Cane that gave the area it's nick name.
His house is right off the AA highway but is privately owned and the only thing you can see from the road is the roof.
Some photos from the historis Washington Cenetery
Well hope that wasn't too bad...it was a fun ride and I took lots of photos.
Read the book it is a very interesting story.