Sunday, August 21, 2011

Big Bone Lick Park

Everyone who is from the Northern Kentucky and Ohio area knows where Big Bone Park is and most likely have been to it but did you know it is haunted?? You know that a specter or disembodied can pop up any where. A house, a tavern, a cemetery sure but how about throughout a 546 acre park, much of it registered with the National Register of Historic Places. This is the case of Big Bone Park in Union, Ky, a habitat that has been rumored to be haunted for years. When you first visit the park, you wouldn't likely expect that there has been so much paranormal activity taken place. Year after year, there has been numerous accounts of unexplained sights and sounds all throughout the place, everything from full bodied apparitions to little girl's voices to light shows of the paranormal kind. The park's name is translated from the Shawnee Native American tribe, which named the park Big Bone Lick because of its salt spring deposits. It is a nationally recognized treasure and official stop on the Lewis and Clark trail. This area holds not only the bones but also, perhaps, the spirits of a long time ago. A time during the Pleistocene Epoch era when woolly mammoths, musk ox, and giant sloths (and those who hunt them) were drawn down south toward the warm salt springs bubbling forth from within the earth; when a massive sheet of ice covered the earth from the Ohio River all the way north to Canada. The salty springs were a magnet for massive animals, some of which ended dying entrapped within what was once called "jelly ground". Their skeletal remains were left behind and were first uncovered in 1739. Both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson knew the area quite well and had personally examined the fossils from the park. These incredible fossils have been shipped across America and studied by many. Big Bone is the sight where, in 1795 Mary Inglis was able to escape the clutches of the Shawnee and embark upon her amazing trip home to Virginia. Although high depleted now, the Big Bone salty springs area still present in the park, recognized by the scientific would as the "Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology". The park is worth a visit if not for the haunted part of it but for the history. It has a fishing lake, campground, dense wooded areas, a herd of bison (yes they are real ), a community and nature center, the Big Bone Lick Museum, and a self-guided trail that educates walkers as they stroll through portions of the park. True to form for the haunted part, it also has a cemetery. It is a one of a kind place, and perhaps that is why so many refuse to leave; even after they have departed. According to an article in the Boone County Recorder by Paul McKibben, dated October 26,2006, some locals and even some of the park employees believe that something unexplainable has been going on for years at this incredible locale. So much so that the park's naturalist, Todd Young, led a group of over fifty individuals on what looks to be a one time, unique tour on a crisp October night. One of the buildings on the sight is the Big Bone Methodist Church, cira the nineteenth century. This white wooden building illuminates the entrance area of the park's grounds with its impressive stature. The church has been well taken care of and the strength of the faithful that erected the building still reverberates across the parkland. Additionally, it appears that footsteps also reverberates from the upper floor when no one is found to be upstairs. The organ on the second floor has also been known to suddenly play by itself. Another building on site is the Park Nature Center. Volunteers at the center have claimed that they have heard a small girl's voice calling out inside the building. The park naturalist in the Recorder article, also indicated that he has witnessed shadows and "balls of light go across the field". Locals have said that they have witnessed human shapes pacing in the field after dark. Native Americans who were camping at the park for the annual Salt Festival, reported rising one morning and witnessing other Native Americans traversing through the field by the park's entrance, dressed in the Native American garb that was worn long ago. No other Native Americans were present at the time. Big Bone Lick State Park is filled with fossils, history, and hunting's as well. It is a beautiful place to visit and to camp and who knows who or what you might see while you are there. The park is located at 3380 Beaver Road. Union, Ky.

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