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We Want A Good Road To Cumberland Falls

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Back in 1927, people in and around Corbin, Kentucky, kept asking how they could get to Cumberland Falls. Up until this point, most people had only seen the falls in pictures. Indeed, so many people asked, that finally the Road Committee from the Corbin Kiwanis Club acted. Local Ford dealer, Wade H. Candler, rigged up a special Ford for this trail-blazing expedition. It would become the first automobile to make it to the falls and back from the Corbin side of the river. Following this trip, many additional trips were paid to the falls for planning purposes. An airplane circled the area throwing out thousands of circulars in an attempt to recruit every able body. True to Kentucky traditions, hundreds of local residents answered the call and came together for the next six weeks so that the trail might be realized. Even some women worked hand in hand with the men. The photo below shows Mr. Candler, the Ford used on the blazing trip, and a few of the participants as they enjoyed a well-deserved dinner break.