Kentucky Fried Kitsch

Scouting Kentucky’s Green River, Tourist Traps, Backroads and Other Diversions – Part 5

The Colonel reigns supreme over the Cave City skyline.

The Colonel reigns supreme over the Cave City skyline.

Before you get to Mammoth Cave, you must drive through a gauntlet of tourists traps on State Route 70. Tourist traps are inherently pathetic, but these are particularly so because many of them are in disrepair, for sale, or both.

The tourist traps lie on the edge of Cave City, a charming little town once you get past the commercial strip at Interstate 65.

Again, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

One brochure boasted of the “scenic view” from the ski lift that takes customers up the hill to see this old west Potemkin village. Riding up on the lift, the only scenery you’d see would be the bare ground in front of you. Coming down, you’d get a breathtaking view of I-65.

One brochure boasted of the “scenic view” from the ski lift that takes customers up the hill to see this old west Potemkin village. Riding up on the lift, the only scenery you’d see would be the bare ground in front of you. Coming down, you’d get a breathtaking view of I-65.

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It’s fun to try to guess the themes of some of these roadside attractions. I think what they were going for here is some sort of visual pun as in “Ma and Pa Kettle.”

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Apparently the proprietors of this fine establishment aren’t too keen on political correctness.

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By the way, here’s what the scenery along SR 70 looked like before the tourist traps came along.

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More mixed messages at this “Happy Days” themed miniature golf course. In addition to Elvis, the carhop and the 1950s car facade, there were statues of nursery rhyme characters and the Blues Brothers.

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Speaking of anachronisms.

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Prehistoric creatures are a common theme here. Apparently they’re implying some sort of connection with cavemen.

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Even the billboards along SR 70 are kitschy.

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One of my favorites — a gorilla with the worst case of diarrhea imaginable.

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