Sinking Spring

Sinking Spring (HM1CXC)

Location: Hodgenville, KY 42748 Larue County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.838', W 85° 44.236'

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site

Abraham Lincoln probably took his first drink of water from this spring. A dependable water source undoubtedly was an important factor in Thomas Lincoln's 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.

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Typical of Kentucky's 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.

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Sinking Spring was also known as Cave Spring and Rocky Spring. Travelers often paused at the spring to drink the refreshingly cool water.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:22pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 611569 N 4154488
Decimal Degrees37.53063333, -85.73726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.838', W 85° 44.236'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 50.28" N, 85° 44' 14.16" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Park Srv Rd, Hodgenville KY 42748, US
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