Historical Town Springs.

Town Spring in a Parking Lot

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Somerset, Kentucky

A blocky pyramid of limestone topped with what looks like a skinny eagle marks the spring, which bubbles up next to its base. An engraved plaque on the pyramid is headlined, "Dedicated to God."

The pyramid of rocks was erected by a former Kentucky representative named Tommy Todd, but it was the vision of Clinton Kennedy Cundiff, a real estate developer who turned what then was called Rub Hollow, a brush-entangled ravine, into the Cundiff Square shopping plaza, and surrounded the formerly rustic spring with a parking lot. "Whoever drinks from the Old Town Springs will have wisdom," notes the pyramid engraving. "Along came a man with wisdom" -- Clinton Kennedy Cundiff -- "who gave one year of his life at hard labor with pick and shovel to dig out and preserve Town Springs." The pyramid's dedication in 1979 was considered so important that it was attended by Kentucky's governor.

Cundiff Square has come and gone; the stores are all closed and the parking lot is torn up, but the spring still bubbles and the pyramid still stands.

Town Spring in a Parking Lot

Cundiff Square

Address:
200 S. Vine St., Somerset, KY
Directions:
Cundiff Square. Southwest edge of downtown, in a parking lot just west of the intersection of S. Vine St. and Spring St.
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