Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 20, 2014

Reopened

We now can drive to Missouri without leaving Kentucky

ASHLAND — You can now once again drive from Kentucky to any of its seven bordering  states — Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virgina, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri — without leaving the Bluegrass state.

That’s because  the Dorena-Hickman Ferry that carries vehicles across the Mississippi River in far western Kentucky has reopened after being shutdown for 10 days because of ice on the river.

While many in this part of Kentucky don’t realize it, Kentucky and Missouri share the distinction of being the only border states in the entire country that are not directly connected by a road. That means when motorists on Ky. 1354 reach the east banks of the Mississippi River in Hickman, they must take the ferry across the mighty Mississippi to Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Mo.

To be sure, you can drive from Kentucky to Missouri without taking the ferry, but to do so, you must either drive north into Illinois or south in Tennessee to cross the Mississippi River into Missouri.

It is doubtful that many  in this part of Kentucky have ever taken the Dorena-Hickman Ferry or ever will and don’t much care if it is operating or not.  But by reading this, you now know the only two bordering states in the United States not connected by a road. We try to be educational.

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