This early 1950’s color travelogue film by Kent Lane Films, Inc. highlights tourist attractions in the state of Kentucky, covering National Parks and historical monuments with an emphasis on recent highway developments (TRT 18:36). It was sponsored by the State of Kentucky’s tourism agency.
Opening credits: “More Per Mile” (0:07). A white 1952 Ford Customline Convertible drives towards the camera (0:22). Loading luggage into an open car trunk (0:31). An elderly couple reads a map of Kentucky (0:40). Cars drive on nearly empty Kentucky highways. Blooming flowers and trees (0:58). Montage of scenic natural views around Kentucky: Rock formations, autumn trees (1:11). Cumberland Falls State Park. A couple views the falls. Boulders. The DuPont Lodge (1:40). Vacationing tourists lounge and dine (2:19). Women in swimsuits sunbathe by a lake. Children ride horses through the woods (2:30). A mountain range with a road in the foreground (2:52). Pioneer types with a covered wagon march in Barbourville’s Daniel Boone Festival parade (2:58). A man in a feathered native headdress speaks to two children (3:10). Men demonstrate bows and arrows to boys (3:13). A man in a Daniel Boone hat loads a muzzle-loading rifle, aims, and fires (3:16). A beauty pageant contestant rides a pink float at the Mountain Laurel Festival parade in downtown Pineville. Bouquets and beauty queens in a park (3:27). A sign for U.S. Route 25 at Cumberland Gap. A scenic overlook view from high elevation (3:49). The Breaks of the Big Sandy at Breaks Interstate Park (4:25). A car coming down the mountain (4:52). Carter Caves State Park signage and entrance. Children on a playground. A family at a picnic table (5:10). Sign: “Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park.” The Mountain Life Museum and McHargue’s Mill, a reproduction grist mill built on the Little Laurel River by the Civilian Conservation Corps (5:35). Natural Bridge State Park and cabins in the Red River Valley (5:55). Women enjoy a small swimming pool and a spacious lake (6:26). A white Chevy drives by (6:55). Lakes and rowboats. Fishing at Lake Cumberland (6:59). Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County (7:15). The Renfro Valley Barn Dance exterior (7:25). A memorial monument and log cabins at Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg (7:37). The Lincoln Marriage Temple (8:00). Horse farms with white fences and rolling meadows and grazing colts (8:11). Jockeys ride thoroughbred racing horses at The Lexington Trots Breeders Association (8:39). The Kentucky Futurity is awarded at The Red Mile (9:08). The scoreboard at Churchill Downs, 1951. A tulip landscape, a military band, massive crowds and other scenes of the Kentucky Derby (9:20). The William Whitley House State Historic Site in Crab Orchard (9:51). Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (10:04). Sign: “My Old Kentucky Home State Park.” Federal Hill in Bardstown (10:15). A man in overalls strums a banjo (10:29). General Butler State Park entrance and lodge. Canoeing, paddle boats, sunbathers (10:33). Passengers load onto a bus: “National Park Concessions, Inc.” (11:28). A queue lines up outdoors. Mammoth Cave’s underground lakes, stalagmites and stalactites (11:33). An obelisk at Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, commemorating his birthplace (12:08). Pennyrile Forest State Park entrance, cabins, lodge, docks, and more paddle boats (12:34). The Kentucky Lake Bridge. Kenlake Hotel and boat dock. Views of Kentucky Lake State Park (13:04). A sailboat (14:01). Kentucky Dam Village State Park entrance and lodge. Fishing in the man-made lake (14:22). Motor boats cruise the lake (15:08). Badminton, water skiing and golf. Pine Hills golf course (15:39). Lake swimming (16:20). A reclining man sleeps with a hat shading his face (16:45). Dining at a lodge restaurant. The waitress wears a uniform (16:48). A bridge over the Cumberland River (17:15). John James Audubon Memorial State Park trees and building exteriors (17:35). The Capitol building in Frankfort (17:53). End credits (18:14).
This film was produced and directed by Kent Lane for the Kentucky Department of Public Relations.
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