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The former location of the Fort DeRussey or what Confederate General Leonidas Polk called as the ?Gibraltar of the West?, the Columbus-Belmont State Park is a historic site in Hickman County in Kentucky. The fortifications were originally built in 1861, with a massive chain to prevent passage of Union gunboats and 143 cannons.

Sadly, the site was placed on a bluff, so in time, most of the buildings and artillery got lost to erosion caused by heavy flooding that occurred in the 1920s. The chain was saved in 1925 after the floods receded. The land was purchased by the state of Kentucky in 1934 and was eventually turned into a state park.

The main attraction of the Columbus-Belmont State Park is the massive chain. There?s also the Lady Polk, a giant cannon named after General Polk?s wife. A museum can also be toured, housed in an antebellum building inside the park.
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