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Rivals, Ky.

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Somewhere, appropriately enough, between Lexington and Louisville, off Interstate 64, south on Ky. 55, swinging through Ky. 1169 because the 55 turn is so confusing, and looking for a big 45-degree hook in the road, you find three houses in the bottomland and wonder, who is at war here? It is neither Wildcat nor Cardinal. No sign of either on the eve of the big football game. It’s the tiny community of Rivals, Ky. in Spencer County. Photographs by Charles Bertram/ Words by Amy Wilson

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2 Responses to “Rivals, Ky.”
  1. how can i get info on the bertram calendar?

  2. MIke Bealmear says:

    Dear Charles,
    I stumbled upon your photos of Rivals, KY. I found them not only great photos, but they also brought back many childhood memories of that area.

    My great grandparents, John and Mame (Muddie) Wills, built a home in the early 1900’s near the bend in the road just behind where the gentleman is riding the 4 wheeler through the creek, and where the truck is headed. I can remember riding on a tractor with my great uncle James Wills down that access road (if you can call it that) and through the creek on his tractor when I was very little.

    My great uncles (James and Claude) were primarily tobacco farmers, but also had cattle, pigs and chickens. I was just down there showing the area to my son and his girlfriend at Thanksgiving. The remains of the cattle barn are still there near where the house was, and the big barn in the other photo was their tobacco barn. The house is long gone, but in the spring you can see daffodils around where the foundation of the house was.

    The drawings the gentleman is holding are of the mill that used to be around there. I think that was long gone before my time, but my mother remembers it. She spent a lot of summers during her younger years out on the that farm.

    My great grandfather Wills was also a member of the UK 1898 Immortals football team. Unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon.
    Thanks for the memories!

    Mike Bealmear