On the way back from Maker’s Mark last weekend, we drove past Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home at Knob Creek. Due to the government shutdown (still ongoing at the time of this post), there was no entering the Visitor’s Center, but the park itself was still open, so we took a quick detour to look around.
Sadly we couldn’t take advantage of the 3-mi strenuous hiking trail to the Overlook due to our lack of appropriate clothing (muddy trail in jeans and nice boots sounded like a recipe for disaster), but we did walk around the paved paths reading all of the signs and exhibits. It’s probably for the best that we couldn’t hike anyway considering all of the warning signs I saw at the trailhead and ranger station for cottonmouths.
The biggest thing we learned walking around was that although this was the site of Lincoln’s boyhood home, it was not his birthplace – that location lies approximately 10-mi away. It is, however, the site where Lincoln’s oldest memories were formed, according to statements made by the man himself, and the Lincoln family’s last home in Kentucky before moving to Indiana.
I’ve been very aware of the government shutdown watching the news and living in a state with a National Park and several National Battlefields/Military Parks, but it was another thing to see the shutdown in action – potentially dangerous iced over sidewalks with no-one to clear them, bathrooms were closed so someone had thoughtlessly defecated outside the bathroom doors, etc. I know it’s nothing compared to the destruction that’s happened in Joshua Tree, but it’s still sobering to think how much worse it can get the longer the shutdown goes on.