Dog Patch Zoo was located in the community of Flat Lick, Kentucky, some seven miles north of the city of London.
The Zoo and The Trading Post was established there maybe around 1950,and grew to be a well loved stop for travelers, traveling Highway U.S. 25 during the late 50's and early 60's.
With the creation of Interstate 75, the trading post was relocated to exit 41 of Intestate 75, in London, Kentucky...its current home today.
I remember going to the Dog patch Zoo while it was in Flat Lick, to see a large Alligator they were advertising they had.
I wasn't the only one interested in seeing the Alligator it seems, shortly after I arrived, a School Bus load of Kids pulled up.
The kids were having an enormous amount of fun getting off the bus,and thrilled to be attending the Zoo it was oblivious by the excitement on their faces.
Arthur Chestnut sort of a vagabond to the area; had appointed himself to be acting director to the Zoo that day.
Arthur was directing traffic to the Alligator site, seems like he was about as excited as the kids and my self, to be seeing a large real live Alligator up close for the first time .
Since moving to London.... The Dog Patch Trading Post... became known as... "Dog Patch Barn"... and has been home to some of the most unusual gag gifts and hillbilly tourist tack imaginable .
There are those who embrace "Dog Patches" hillbilly heritage and then there are those who would seek to ignore it.
Guess I'm in the former group I've always enjoyed visiting the Barn to see the latest gifts and gags.
About the Hill-Billy heritage thing, being from Kentucky, I've always heard ,there are just two kinds of people in the world, those who are Hill-Billy's and those who want to be... not sure if this is true... or not.
Until Next Time. God Bless.
My Meditations by, Coleman