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Kentucky Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
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Kentucky Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

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by Vince Staten
 

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Kentucky Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Bluegrass State has to offer. Discover a medieval castle in the middle of horse-farm country, a soda fountain where the burgers and shakes are almost as famous as the clientele, and the true meaning of "biting the bullet." Meet the man who

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Kentucky Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Bluegrass State has to offer. Discover a medieval castle in the middle of horse-farm country, a soda fountain where the burgers and shakes are almost as famous as the clientele, and the true meaning of "biting the bullet." Meet the man who invented the traffic light, Kentucky's two Cassius Clays, and the real J. Peterman. Visit a museum devoted to the history of whiskey, a rest area named for a shoeshine man, and a house with 13 windows, 13-foot ceilings, 13 railings - you get the picture! Whether you're a born-and-raised Kentuckian or a recent transplant, authors Vince Staten and Liz Baldi will have you laughing out loud as they introduce you to the neighbors you never knew you had and take you to places you never knew existed - right in your own backyard.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762769766
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Curiosities Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,287,618
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Up All Night at the Coffee Museum
Louisville
Some strive for greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them. In Kentucky, we just take what we can get. That's why we dedicate little back-pocket museums to matters of small consequence.
Which brings us to the Coffee Museum. You might think that, say, Brazil, would be the perfect location for a Coffee Museum. But you're thinking about production. We're talking consumption here. At one time Louisvillians drank more coffee per capita than any other city in America.
We lost that crown long ago. See, our typing doesn't even shake anymore. But during our coffee binge we produced our own coffee king, Jon Conti, who sold more coffee than any coffee manufacturer not on a coast.
Part of being a coffee king means collecting all the paraphernalia that goes along with coffee so Conti acquired quite a collection of mugs and pots and filters. You can see it all at the Jon Conti Coffee Museum.
The Jon Conti Coffee Museum is at 2309 Beuchel By-Pass. Take the Bardstown Rd. exit, exit 16, from I-264. Turn left on Beuchel By-Pass, 1.5 miles from the interstate. The Museum is another 2.3 miles on the right.

Meet the Author

Vince Staten is the author of thirteen books, including the bestsellers Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench? and Jack Daniel's Old-Time Barbecue Cookbook. He is a freelance writer, author, syndicated columnist, movie critic, lecturer, professor and restaurateur. (And one of these days he plans to settle down and pick a career.) His writings have appeared in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Times Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Kingsport, Tennessee Time-News, and Review, Icon, and Bon Appetit magazines. For seven years he served as a Commissioner of the City of River Bluff, Kentucky (population 356). He was never indicted.Reporter Liz Baldi has written for Kentucky Monthly and other publications.

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Kentucky Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat Disappointing - This was the third edition, but I found a number of typos and internal inconsistencies. Moreover, much of what is discussed in the book is just a summary of quirky annual festivals put on by small towns, as opposed to genuinely quirky attractions. I think most readers would be better off saving their money and skipping it.