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Not Davy Crockett's Cabin

Davy Crockett Cabin

This is Davy Crockett's last cabin that isn't Davy Crockett's cabin and isn't on Davy Crockett's property. Davy Crockett's cabin was disassembled and moved to this site in Rutherford, Tennessee, for reassembly, but visiting carnival people burned the logs to stay warm. Only two of the original logs survived. This replica of Davy Crockett's cabin was built with wood taken from Davy Crockett's mother's cabin.

The Road Ahead

Challenge Accepted

Silence of the Frogs

I'm walking through the woods. The noisy tree frogs stopped singing all at once. Sudden and complete silence. Should I be concerned?

Kentucky Lake

Find Froggy

Found Froggy

Chief Reelfoot and Laughing Eyes

According to legend, Reelfoot Lake was created when the Great Spirit caused an earthquake to punish Chickasaw Chief Reelfoot for kidnapping Laughing Eyes and making her his wife. Laughing Eye's father had previously rejected Reelfoot's proposal becuase he did not want his daughter marrying a deformed chief; for Reelfoot had a club foot.

These concrete statues of Reelfoot and Laughing Eyes sat at the entrance of Magnolia Beach on the Washout at Lake Reelfoot from 1955 through 1994. They now sit in front of Brooks Shaw's Old County Store in Jackson, Tennessee.

Casey Jones

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum

On 30 April 1900, railroad engineer Jonathan Luther "Casey" Jones died while trying to stop his passenger train before it collided with a disabled freight train. When they saw the lights of the stopped train's caboose, the fireman jumped and Casey stayed on board to slow the train. Casey failed to avoid a collision but was able to slow the train enough to keep his cars upright and his passengers alive. The IC Railroad's official report blamed Casey for the wreck: claiming that he disregarded the freight train's flagman's warnings of the stopped train ahead. However, other reports suggest that the flagman was in a place in which he could not have been seen in time to avoid a collision. Casey became legend and hero after his friend Wallace Saunders immortalized him in song: The Ballad of Casey Jones.

Casey's home at the time of his death is now a museum with exhibits about Casey and railroads.

No Parking

Walking in Memphis

Passive Aggressive No Parking Sign

Sun Studio

Hernando de Soto Bridge

Memphis Pyramid

Bass Pro Shops at the Memphis Pyramid

The Memphis Pyramid was originally built as a sports arena in 1991. Today, it houses a Bass Pro Shops megastore, a hotel, and more.

Paradise isn't quite what I expected it to me

Looking up

Waiting for the $10 elevator ride to the top

A steampunk-themed bar and restaurant atop the pyramid

The observation deck offers fabulous views