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The two RV Gypsies take a Segway tour
of Louisville, Kentucky for the second time
September 26, 2015

USA map showing location of Kentucky Kentucky map showing location of Louisville
Welcome to Kentucky sign Louisville Kentucky sign

This page has photos from the 2015 Louisville Segway tour during which the tour guide gave the two RV Gypsies a lot of free-wheeling time on their own, which they really enjoyed. On their first tour in 2013, they rode the Segway to more places and learned a lot more history about the Louisville area. A link to the 2013 Segway tour is at the bottom of this page, for those who want to see a whole lot more of Louisville and learn more about Louisville. A link from there is provided back to here again.

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Below: The Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park was dedicated on June 4, 2009 and was funded by the State of Kentucky, the family of Harry S. Frazier, Jr., and the Kentucky Historical Society/Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as part of the two-year national celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.

This memorial tells the story of how, as a young man, Lincoln began developing his abhorrence of slavery while watching slaves being loaded onto riverboats on the Ohio River in Louisville. The memorial features a 12-foot statue of Lincoln seated on a rock and looking out over the river.

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The two RV Gypsies on Segways by Lincoln's statue Karen Duquette on a Segway
a big rubber duck waterway at the downtown Louisville park

Below: When the two RV Gypsies took this Segway tour in 2013, the Big Four Railroad Bridge was not completed and did not go into Indiana. Now, in 2015 the bridge was completed, so the two RV Gypsies got to ride all the way over the bridge into Indiana.

history bookThe Big Four Bridge is a six-span former railroad truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The largest single span is 547 feet, with the entire bridge spanning 2,525 feet. It took its name from the defunct Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, which was nicknamed the "Big Four Railroad". It is now a converted pedestrian and bicycle bridge from Louisville into Jeffersonville, Indiana.

A pedestrian ramp on the Kentucky side was opened on February 7, 2013. The original approaches that carried rail traffic onto the main spans were first removed in 1969, earning the Big Four Bridge the nickname "Bridge That Goes Nowhere". The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge downstream, which carries U.S. 31 across the river, was previously the only bridge allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between Louisville and the neighboring Indiana cities of New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville.

In February 2011, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced that the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, would allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge project, creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville. Indiana would spend up to $8 million and the City of Jeffersonville would provide $2 million in matching dollars to pay for construction of a ramp to the Big Four Bridge. Kentucky pledged $12 million to replace the deck on the bridge and connect it to the spiral ramp that was completed in Waterfront Park.

On February 7, 2013, the Louisville ramp was opened for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Initially planned for August 2013, the Jeffersonville ramp opened on May 20, 2014.

Below: The two RV Gypsies on the Big Four Railroad Bridge.

Big Four Railroad Bridge Sign the two RV Gypsies on Segways at the Big Four Railroad Bridge

The two RV Gypsies rode their Segway across the Big Four Railroad Bridge from Kentucky to Indiana.

USA map shoing location of IndianaJeffersonville Indiana

Below: The park space across the Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge into Historic Downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana is called Big Four Station / Big Four Landing. It features lots of green space, fountains, a pavilion, and a playground, it is planned as place that people will enjoy for everyday recreation and special events. Big Four Station opened in October 2014.

Big Four Landing Big Four Station in Indiana
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Big Four Station in Indiana Big Four Station in Indiana

The Segway tour took them to a candy store in Jeffersonville, Indiana and the two RV Gypsies watched red hots being made. Then it was time to ride the Segways back into Kentucky.

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This is not a linear site, so visitors always have options at the top and bottom of every page and where to go next. There are two options below:

go back in time to 2013 You may go back in time to the Segway tour of Louisville in 2013, and see and learn much more about Louisville. (There will be a link there to return here again.)

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please continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies You may continue with the Kentucky 2015 menu to see Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, now a National Historical Park; plus lots more 2015 adventures.