Remember the near border war that occurred over a rock pulled from the Ohio River and brought to Portsmouth? That war was instead played out in court and Kentucky won possession. Now Greenup County Judge Executive Bobby Carpenter wants to put it on display in South Shore, Kentucky, so more people can see it.
Carpenter’s plan is to build a gazebo in South Shore, Kentucky, and put the rock, commonly known as the Indain Head Rock.
In an exclusive interview with Carpenter talked about his plans to the Daily Times.
“We’ve had it in the garage for about seven years,” Carpenter said. “About every summer it’ll come up and we’ll get it out and they’ll do an article and it brings back the memories, I think.”
Doug Collins works in Carpenter’s office.
“He found a Land and Water grant. He talked to the Mayor (Cheryl Moore) of South Shore, and we’re going to try to do a partnership deal to build a gazebo with a roof over it and put it down at the new city building in South Shore. We’re trying to find it a permanent home and get it out of my garage,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said the factions involved would promote the location.
“It should be down there where people can see it, not hidden in a garage covered up with a tarpaulin,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said he does not know South Shore’s reaction to the plan. He said Collins has spoken with the mayor, but he has not talked with Collins about her reaction.
The Times attempted to reach Mayor Moore on Monday but was unable to do so.
The rock is better described as a boulder since it weighs some 8 tons. It was pulled from the Ohio in 2007 by a construction company and some local divers, and brought to Portsmouth where it stayed until the outcome of the court case in 2010.
Carpenter said he will keep the citizens informed as to the progress of the display so when it’s finished, people can come and look it over.
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