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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Some Trimble County residents want to save a cave from becoming part of an
LG&E coal ash landfill. They believe
the Wentworth Lime Cave was used during the Civil War to hide runaway slaves.
"It needs to be preserved," say Trimble Co. farmer, Sonia
company is in the process of turning the 200 acre plot of land, where the cave
is located, into a landfill for coal ash debris. The debris is a byproduct of the nearby power
rumors up and down the river about caves," says Pam Venard, who lives nearby.
LG&E would find another place rather than to destroy something of
historical cultural significance," says McElroy.
LG&E is waiting for more information before moving forward.
Corps of Engineers is going to do some additional studies on the feature to see
if there is any connection with the Underground Railroad," says LG&E's
research report by Berea College Professor Dr. Alicestyne Turley suggests it is
possible the cave was once used to aid runaway slaves.
"...the Wentworth Lime
Cave serves as a very real example
of a "holding" or way station to aid slave escapes along the Ohio
River....The location is deemed worthy of further
calls the report speculative and says more research is needed.
is some historical significance in the area but nothing that links this
particular feature to the Underground Railroad," says Phillips
who live near the proposed coal ash landfill are also concerned about how it
could impact their health.
manage these products very safely and in compliance with all regulations," says
says another landfill site is a possibility but that property has even more
streams and trees and would cost up to 50 million dollars more.
McElroy argues how can you put a price on preserving history?
"A lot of our history has just been in the way of progress
so it just gets bulldozed over," says.