On the Kentucky River
in Frankfort, just downriver
from Buffalo Trace distillery.
October 22, 2001.
5:24 p.m. EDT.

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     Shantyboats are not uncommon on the Kentucky River.  They usually serve as weekend retreats, private fishing piers and live-in boatdocks during the warm months.  But they are vulnerable to the whims of the tempermental Kentucky.  In 2005 during a time of high water, the shantyboat in the photo above broke loose from its moorings and was swept downstream.
     Buffalo Trace distillery looms in the background, much as bourbon whiskey appears throughout local history.  Buffalo Trace is one of two distilleries in Frankfort; at one time in the early 20th Century, seven distilleries produced bourbon in the Capital City.
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     The scene above is about a quarter-mile below Lock 4, whose dam forms the "Frankfort pool", where the river is wider and about 10 feet higher than in the photo.

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Posted February 1, 2002; revised February 19, 2006.