Back in vogue: Politicians start resuming pilgrimages to Kentucky's most remote area

08/13/2013 08:19 AM

KENTUCKY BEND — It’s not an island, but it might as well be.

Kentucky Bend is about as far away from Frankfort as you can get in Kentucky. And it’s accessible by car only by driving through Tennessee.

Still, for the first time in generations, politicians are giving Kentucky Bend some attention, starting with state Auditor Adam Edelen while the Democrat was campaigning for office 2011 and most recently with Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

The bulb-shaped peninsula that’s part of Fulton County was created two centuries ago when a series of earthquakes shifted the course of the Mississippi River in 1811 and 1812.

And while the population in the farming community has dropped over the last century from more than 150 to 12, it’s still a colorful part of the fabric of Kentucky thanks to personalities like the area’s unofficial mayor, Miss Daisy Wilson. Take a look:

Enter the politicians. Kentucky Bend is starting to become a place where ambitious politicians, such as potential 2015 candidates for governor Edelen and Comer, have visited in the last two years. Here’s why:


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