Your local back road charm guide


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Has your fair city's newspaper had a column as a local guide with the following descriptive items or at least similar categories ?

Small towns with the best parks: Petersburg, Ind., and Loogootee, Ind.

Prettiest expanse of water that even longtime Tri-State residents might not be aware of: The lake outside Earlington, Ky.

Best town square: Owensville, Ind.

Best art work: The George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Ind.

Town with the most green space and playgrounds on its riverfront: Henderson, Ky. It's worth a trip over the busy bridge to see what a community can do to beautify itself.

Town most in need of a federal bailout: Old Shawneetown, Ill. It's sad. This community has a lot of history, but the place overflows with rotting cars and falling-down dwellings. (We had a thread about this)

Best statue: The coal miner in Providence, Ky.

Best Sunday drive: Illinois 146, from just outside Cave-In-Rock to Golconda. No fast-food restaurants. No mega-stores. Just charming small towns and nice views of the Ohio River. There's a floating restaurant in Elizabethtown and a beautiful marina in Golconda.

Worst place to be locked up: The Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville. Inmates can look past the walls and razor wire and see pleasure boats on Lake Barkley.

Perfect road trip list.