Their plans may not return Crab Orchard to its former glory as "The Saratoga of the South," but the mayor and commissioners of the small Lincoln County city are to be commended for their foresight in preparing for future growth.
In the 1800s, the mineral springs at Crab Orchard drew visitors from all over the country who stayed at the Crab Orchard Springs Hotel and other upscale resort spas. The Crab Orchard railway station was one of only three in Kentucky where you could buy a ticket to anywhere in the United States.
That boom era is a thing of the past now, of course, but the recreational opportunities and easy access to major transportation routes are returning to the area after a hiatus of nearly a century.
Instead of coming to town to drink the water, visitors are now flocking to the area to pull fish from the waters of the new Cedar Creek Lake just down the road.