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Title: So what the heck...
Post by: ShifuCareaga on February 14, 2018, 01:58:55 PM
Is near the Chaplin River?  :o What is it like, is this a kayaking river... is it scenic? Why haven't I even heard of this river...

There's so much to learn about our state, it's insane.
Title: Re: So what the heck...
Post by: FallenArches on February 20, 2018, 01:06:24 PM
Perryville Battlefield is nearby.  The river runs through Perryville.   

The covered bridge over the Beech Fork is not over the Chaplin River, but it is not far from the confluence of the Beech and Chaplin Rivers. 

Tatham Springs, an old resort built in the 1890's, was on the Chaplin until 2006, when arsonists burned it down.  It was a huge hotel with swimming pool and skating rink, situated in the middle of nowhere on a dammed up portion of the Chaplin River.  Folks took the train from Louisville to stay there, the water supposedly had medicinal purposes.  Later, the Bingham Family purchased the property and turned it into a 4H camp from the 1940's to 1960's.  I toured the building several times before it burned.  It was remarkable in size, especially given the construction date and it's location. 

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/history/river-city-retro/2015/07/10/bingham-camp-revived-tatham-springs-resort/29980039/

The river could possibly be paddled up to late spring, water level would likely be too low as June approaches.  Finding good put-in and take-out spots would also be difficult, as most of the river flows through private property.   
Title: Re: So what the heck...
Post by: ShifuCareaga on February 21, 2018, 05:22:31 PM
Perryville Battlefield is nearby.  The river runs through Perryville.   

The covered bridge over the Beech Fork is not over the Chaplin River, but it is not far from the confluence of the Beech and Chaplin Rivers. 

Tatham Springs, an old resort built in the 1890's, was on the Chaplin until 2006, when arsonists burned it down.  It was a huge hotel with swimming pool and skating rink, situated in the middle of nowhere on a dammed up portion of the Chaplin River.  Folks took the train from Louisville to stay there, the water supposedly had medicinal purposes.  Later, the Bingham Family purchased the property and turned it into a 4H camp from the 1940's to 1960's.  I toured the building several times before it burned.  It was remarkable in size, especially given the construction date and it's location. 

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/history/river-city-retro/2015/07/10/bingham-camp-revived-tatham-springs-resort/29980039/

The river could possibly be paddled up to late spring, water level would likely be too low as June approaches.  Finding good put-in and take-out spots would also be difficult, as most of the river flows through private property.   

thanks for that history info I did not know. I will go scope the site and see if there is anything worthy of visiting for people in the area.
Title: Re: So what the heck...
Post by: Cliftyman on May 18, 2018, 02:39:31 PM
Is this the river that is dammed up for a bit right in the middle of town before you cross the bridge to the square?
Title: Re: So what the heck...
Post by: ShifuCareaga on May 18, 2018, 08:28:05 PM
Is this the river that is dammed up for a bit right in the middle of town before you cross the bridge to the square?
yeah