Wrigley Falls sets in a picturesque little alcove off the side of the road, outside of the small hamlet by the same name. Wrigley is located in northern Morgan County. And yes it is named after William Wrigley, the son of the business mogul who gave us Spearmint gum and Wrigley Field in Chicago . Mr. Wrigley was also a president of the Morehead & Northfork Railway that went through this small town in the early 1900’s.
I have a strange “six degrees of separation” with the Wrigley family. You see, my mother was born in Wrigley and lived there until she was a young girl and I also have seen two baseball games in Wrigley Field.
Some of my earliest memories of Wrigley involved my grandfather taking me fishing at Lost Point Lake. I was only four or five years old at the time. I also remember getting soundly beaten in a junior high basketball game in a small, crowded, steamy gymnasium that also served as a school cafeteria. We were the “big, bad town team”. It was my first encounter with a hostile crowd, not in the mean sense, just not cheering for us so loudly.
I won’t say anything else about that game because I have not come to grips with that defeat some forty years later. It’s probably one of the causes of some of my self-doubt issues or maybe my maturity level hasn’t progressed beyond the eighth grade. The latter is the more likely case according to my wife.
I processed this picture in black and white because of the contrast of the falls that was shot at such a slow shutter speed. It looks like a spotlight on a small stage.
If you are driving on KY Route 7, turn west on Route 711 and drive a couple of miles. The falls will be on your left. You can’t miss it…just like the Wrigley Wildcats couldn’t miss that fateful night many years ago in that small gymnasium. Did I mention the gym was small?
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