Abandoned & Forgotten

Abandoned and forgotten places all have stories.  Some are known, but most will forever be sealed within.   Here we showcase some of the Abandoned & Forgotten places in the Four Rivers area.




    Empire Farm in Land Between The Lakes

    Empire Farm is an abandoned farming educational and demonstration area in Land Between The Lakes.  Empire Farm once served as the headquarters of the Kentucky Woodlands National Wildlife Refuge in the 1930s.  The refuge covered large swaths of land in the northern portion of present-day Land Between The Lakes.

    When Land Between The Lakes became a National Recreation Area in the 1960s, Empire Farm became an agricultural education center until sometime in the 1980s.  The fields today are still maintained by cooperative farmers, but the buildings and barns have been abandoned for quite some time.

    Crystal Akers recently sent us these photos of her own personal exploration of Empire Farm.  If you want to explore this area for yourself, see the Google Map below the photos for directions.

    Photos of Empire Farm

    Thanks again to Crystal Akers for the great photos.

    Location of Empire Farm

    This area is located in the northeastern part of Land Between The Lakes near the abandoned Silo Overlook.

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    Old Canton Gas Station

    While exploring the historic community of Canton, we discovered this abandoned filling station on the old main drag through town.

    A sign painted across the top of the windows and garage door read "Tires,  Free Air & Accessories."  The building had a marker near the top proclaiming to be constructed by the Masons in 1919.

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    The Life & Death of Golden Pond, Kentucky

    Let’s face it - moving can be painful.  Chances are everyone reading this article has moved at least once in their lifetime.  Kids move out and get married.  Newlyweds move from apartment to apartment or to their first home.  Sometimes folks will upgrade homes and move to a bigger house to accommodate their expanding family.

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    Center Furnace in Land Between The Lakes

    In the mid-1800s, the iron ore industry exploded in the area known as “Between the Rivers.”  With its prime location due to its close proximity to the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers, the industry flourished.  These rivers were the best way to transport goods since railroads did not exist in this area at that time.

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