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Columbus-Belmont State Park

Along the Great River Road in far western Kentucky, you can follow the path of Union and

Confederate forces that converged on the Mississippi River in 1861. Stretches of U.S. 51 and Ky. 123 provide spectacular views of the Mississippi, particularly from the vantage of the bluffs in Columbus-Belmont State Park. Considered the most heavily fortified place in North America -- the "Gibraltar of the West" -- when the Union army attacked this stronghold in 1861, it marked the beginning of the Union’s Western Campaign and General Ulysses S. Grant’s first battle of the Civil War (known today as "The Battle of Belmont"). Read more: https://www.kentuckytourism.com/articles/scenic-byways-reveal-kentucky-insights/9/
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