Take Time for Louisville

Did Paul Bunyan hike south from Canada to leave his baseball bat beside the Louisville Slugger Museum? It’s not unlikely because there, standing beside the wall is a 31,000 kg bat standing 36 metres high. It’s actually higher than the five storey building, and that would be Paul’s size. The museum sees over 200,000 visitors a year many coming to see the Louisville Slugger bat, a bat made by the same family that has been active in woodworking for over a century. The museum features all things baseball and you can get a guided tour of the factory.  Outside you can walk along the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame and see bronze representations of some famous hitters and their Louisville Slugger bat.

Louisville is on one of the Snow Bird routes south and visitors passing through as the Christmas Season nears will enjoy the efforts that go into ‘Light up Louisville’.  Apparently Santa will be leaving Canada, from the North Pole,  making a special trip to Louisville where he helps the Mayor pick up a big electrical plug which when placed in the socket illuminates holiday lighting in a large section of down town Louisville. There is also a huge parade with over 100 entries, and lots of lights, fireworks, and fun for all in down town Jefferson Square Park.

Louisville is well known for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and is a show that is attended by huge crowds. Other people like to take a slow river boat cruise or just go shopping.

Louisville RV Trade Show

Louisville has many shows such as the Boat, RV and Sportshow in January at the Kentucky Exposition Centre. The town also hosts the massive National RV Trade Show, also in the Exposition Centre. This event in early December will see more than 1000 exhibitors and dealers of RV related items.


RV Lifestyle Booth at Louisville



While this event is not for the general public it is a show that presents new and exciting products to the most important people in the RV business, the dealers. If they aren’t up to date, it’s hard for them to tell their customers what is new.





Louisville South KOA

If you are driving  an RV the Louisville South KOA is located just out of town at Shepherdsville which is south on I-65 and east on Hwy 44. This location makes it easy to keep out of the rush, and then drive into town to do your touring, eating, and shopping. This KOA isn’t only a handy place to stop, it is made for family pleasure.

Great Camping at Lousiville South KOA

Kids will enjoy the mini-golf and other outside games, and the pools. The whole family can enjoy walking along the river or relaxing in the big hot tub.

Whether you are heading south for the winter, or touring the country in the summer, Louisville has a lot of reasons for you to visit.

Happy RVing !

For more than four decades James Stoness has travelled the roads of North America, photographing and writing about what he has seen. His travel articles and beautiful pictures have been published in several magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of five western novels.

Visit his website at:  www.stonesstravelguides.com

La Cite de L’Or

Our fascination with gold is endless and enduring. Capitalizing on this interest, the city of Val D’Or has established the site at the old Lamaque Gold Mine as an industrial mining

The Mine's Headframes

heritage. Funds, along with Federal Government grants are rapidly turning this abandoned gold mine into an exciting day trip into the past to see how the gold mine operated during its active years.


Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the mine, mine buildings, and the preserved home of the miners, and experience the ambiance of a real gold mine.

A visit to the Administration office shows you real samples of the gold ore, taken from the gold veins. Sometimes after viewing the samples you wonder what was it that looked so

Ore Samples

rich that it led to one of the richest mines in the area. In here are also a few of the old tools used by the miners and the geologists.


The Winch room shows the winch that acted as an elevator to carry miners down the shaft into the mine, and to lift out the tons of ore that the miners had wrenched from the solid rock. The shaft descended 1200 metres and the hoistman was in full command of the operation. He had to follow cage with the men, and know where the tunnels on each level were so he could let men off to go to work.

The Analytical building kept statistics on the ore’s quality. Samples of ore would be pulverized and melted and analysed to find how much gold was present. A technician shows the tour group how the ore was treated and you can see a casting being prepared from an ore sample.

When it’s time to enter the mine you are taken to a clothing room and suited up.

Suit-up Room

You see how your suit is lowered from a hook, you get your hard-hat, and a lantern and battery and taken to a mine vehicle to climb aboard. This odd looking vehicle has the driver sitting sideways to his direction of travel, which looks very strange, and must be difficult to do. There isn’t much time to think about it because you soon enter the mine portal and begin to descend 91 metres to an old working level of the mine. In this old working level you see the drills that drilled  the rock, and the strange power shovel that loaded the broken ore onto the ore carts. Here, too, you wander along the darkened mine wall and perhaps ponder on the profession of a miner.

Mine Portal

Once back on the surface you can tour Bourlamque’s Mining Village using an portable tape player that tells stories about the various buildings. These are still occupied home and are painted nicely and look very well cared for.

After your tour of the mine’s facilities you will understand what goes on beneath some of the strange mining buildings you see as you travel the north country. There are a small number of electrically service RV sites so it’s a convenient place to visit, and see the town.


Happy RVing!

For more than four decades James Stoness has travelled the roads of North America, photographing and writing about what he has seen. His travel articles and beautiful pictures have been published in several magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of five western novels.  Visit his website at:  www.stonesstravelguides.com