Jefferson Davis Historic Site
East of Hopkinsville (US68)
Todd County, Kentucky
submitted by “SkyKing96” (Ray)
(refers to smaller picture at left)
When I first saw this one last year, near Jackson, Mississippi, it was just a little over a week since my encounter with the Jefferson Davis monument in Kentucky. I assumed at the time that it was just a replica of the one in Kentucky. I passed through Jackson again a few days ago, and I left Interstate 55 to try and get close to it. No luck. I visited with my cousin Bill and his mother, my Aunt Joy, the next day, but forgot to ask them about it. So…I just Googled it. It’s a cell phone tower!! I could not find any information about the height, but it looms pretty large from a distance, so I am guessing it’s between 120 and 150 feet.
original post (larger picture below):
I had quite a surprise … no, shock …while riding eastbound on US68 in Kentucky. I had just come over a low hill and was focused on my GPS, or the list of GPS coordinates on my tank bag, and did not see the monument at first. When I glanced to the right I could not have been more surprised if I had seen an alien spacecraft landing! Something about the late-afternoon light made it look more like a computer simulation than a real monument.
Imagine seeing this thing “pop up” out in a rural farm area! That is what makes it a roadside wonder, I think.
The next intersection was the road that leads directly to it, so I turned into the town of Fairview to get a closer look. It was not until I saw the sign that I realized it was the Jeff Davis monument and not a replica of George’s. I had heard of it, and perhaps had seen a picture, but had forgotten about it. I had no idea it was so huge — 351 ft tall (the Washington Monument is 555 ft). A little over a week later I saw a smaller version near Jackson, Mississippi.
Don’t you just love an unplanned find!?
Click here for more information on the Jefferson Davis Memorial (Yes, you can ride an elevator to the top for a spectacular view!)
Visit Jefferson Davis’ wikipedia entry to shed a little light on the Confederate President’s life.