By universal consent, one of the most attractive views to be seen in “Dixie Land” is from Halls Gap, an elevation of 1,200 feet that commands a panoramic view of Lincoln, Mercer, Garrard, Boyle and Jessamine Counties..  iThe landscape rises ocean-like from the foot of the Gap until the horizon’s curtain precludes the billowing vista. Almost at the summit of this commanding point there are three springs within a short distance of each other and each spring the fountainhead of a well-known stream. The waters wind there through and aid in forming the Green, Cumberland and Kentucky Rivers. These waters blend in the Ohio. From this Gap the road leads to the Mills Springs Battlefield some 40 miles south.

    Beginning at the intersection of U. S. High way 27 and U. S. Highway 150, travel south on U. S. Highway 27 for approximately six miles until you see a long, steep roadway up a hill known as Halls Gap. As you travel up this hill, look on both sides of the road to discover the season’s view. In the fall you will see the most beautiful colors. In the winter you will be amazed at the crystal, clear icicles hanging from its cliffs. We call this area of Lincoln County,” God’s Country”. We don’t believe there is such a view anywhere in Lincoln County that can compare to its beauty. There is a small pull-off for motorists to stop and view the surrounding counties located on the Old Highway 1247 that was used before the existing Highway 27 was created.a

     Bill and Ruth Yentsch owned Yentsch’s Grocery Store. This store also had hardware items and coal for our winter stoves. Just beyond the store was Fairview Baptist church. Jim and Evelyn Taylor owned the numerous businesses at Halls Gap. They operated Skytower Auto Station, Skytower Restaurant and Halls Gap Motel for many years. The restaurant building is gone and the Hotel has been sold but their son,  Jimmy Taylor still operates a Mechanic Shop. This family served and helped many of our community and travelers alike. . Some of the businesses in the area were the Halls Gap Scenic restaurant and Hotel, the Watering Trough turned into a restaurant/break area, the Halls Gap Airport, a gas station/grocery operated by Chat Margaret King. The King’s Skating Rink operated for many years. The Kings entertained  many children as well as adults

     Some of the families in the Halls Gap area were: Brown, Carter, Caudill, Denhams, Farmer, Gutenson, Harris, Ingram, Mullins, Oaks, Phillips, Ray, Rice, Schuler, Stempfly, Yentsch, Young, and Zwalhen.



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