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Near Hodgenville in Larue County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Sinking Spring

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site

 
 
Sinking Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 26, 2011
1. Sinking Spring Marker
Inscription. Abraham Lincoln probably took his first drink of water from this spring. A dependable water source undoubtedly was an important factor in Thomas Lincolnís decision to purchase Sinking Spring Farm.

The Sinking Spring is an example of a karst window, an unusual landform. A karst window is a special type of sinkhole that gives us a view into the karst aquifer.

(Graphic Caption)
Typical of Kentuckyís karst topography and hydrologic systems, the spring is a significant natural resource. Its water drains through the subsurface and empties into a branch of the Nolin River a short distance from the park. Sinking Spring is a part of the network of springs and subsurface streams in and near the park.

(Background Photo Caption)
Sinking Spring was also known as Cave Spring and Rocky Spring. Travelers often paused at the spring to drink the refreshingly cool water.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 31.838′ N, 85° 44.236′ W. Marker is near Hodgenville, Kentucky, in Larue County. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Farm Road (U.S. 31E) 1.5 miles south of Lincoln Parkway. Click for map. Marker is located in the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical
Diagram of Sinking Spring Geology image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 26, 2011
2. Diagram of Sinking Spring Geology
Close-up of graphic on marker
Park; directions are to the park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Hodgenville KY 42748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Memorial Building (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Sinking Spring (a few steps from this marker); The Boundary Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Nancy Lincoln Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Larue County / County Officials --- 1843 (approx. 3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - As - A - Boy Statue (approx. 3 miles away); Two Miles South of this town Abraham Lincoln was born ... (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hodgenville.
 
Also see . . .  Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on February 8, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Environment
 
Sinking Spring near the first Lincoln Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 26, 2011
3. Sinking Spring near the first Lincoln Memorial
Sinking Spring is located left of the lower landing of the stairs leading to the memorial
Sinking Spring near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 26, 2011
4. Sinking Spring near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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