Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nolin River Lake a Haunting History

According to Trails.com and the story I heard as a kid goes:

The name Nolin comes from early area settlers. The settlers were over-nighting on the river, and a young girl named Lynn wandered away from the riverside camp and became lost. Other members of the group looked for her but to no avail, returning to camp day after day, uttering the words, “No Lynn,” giving the river and later the lake their names. The father, after giving up on Lynn, died of a broken heart.

However, according to the Army Corp of Engineers' Website:

The Nolin River is named for the early American explorer and Kentucky militia member, Benjamin Lynn. Serving under George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War, Lynn traveled to Illinois to spy on the British and Indian forces, and also played a pivotal role in the Northwest Campaign on 1778-79. Following his return to Kentucky, Lynn and several friends were camped in the Green River Area. Lynn became separated from his friends and could not be found for several days. Each night, they returned from the search reporting “No Lynn.” The river at which they camped became known as the Nolin.


Either way it's an odd thing to name a lake that way.

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