Features that don’t quite fit anywhere else on our site, but definitely deserve recognition is what Terts & Quats is all about.  The phrase derives from tertiary features (Terts) and fourth-importance (quaternary or “Quats”) articles found in publications.  Here, it’s just “everything else” and is just as good as the other stuff on Four Rivers Explorer.

Eggners Ferry Bridge

This 2002 photo of Eggners Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake shows the bridge before its destruction.
This 2002 photo of Eggners Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake shows the bridge before its destruction.

Prior to the 1920s highway bridges crossing large rivers were almost non-existent in rural America.  The reason for this is most highways, as we know them, simply didn’t exist.  And the reason for that is not many people in rural America had cars.

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Splitting Counties in Western Kentucky

Jackson Purchase

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You’ve heard of far western Kentucky.  It is the section of the state between the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River.  However, this part of the state did not become under definitive US control in 1792 when formed.  In 1818, Andrew Jackson officially purchased the disputed land from the Chickasaw Indians.  The Kentucky part of the sale became known as the Jackson Purchase.

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