How it Came to Be
||It was a hot July day when Mart and Mac pulled their Fourteen-foot
trailer into Rose and Zane's driveway. Mac had convinced
Zane to take some time away from the farm and spend
the weekend camping in St. Louis. After all, the Dodgers
were in town. Little did anyone know that this little
trip would be a journey into the future and the beginning
of Kentuckiana Kampground.
Mac McDowell was the artist who began painting the picture
of Kentuckiana in Zane's mind. It was a difficult scene
to envisage--a hog farm becoming a campground! Many
believed it was a crazy and senseless idea. But when
Zane shared the meaning of the picture, people gave
some attention to the vision. "Families need a place
to be together. What people need is somewhere to go
that's peaceful where they can have good, clean, family
who knew Zane took the idea seriously. They listened to his
plans intently and stood by his side while others laughed.
Those who doubted knew how difficult it would be. Many believed
the place would be a gypsy camp with wild, drunken parties.
After all, Rose and Zane were only in their mid thirties and
hillbillies from Kentucky and Indiana at that. They could
never run a successful business. The campground would surely
be a headache to the community and neighborhood. Hopedale's
county board member was quoted saying he would stand in the
drive with a shotgun before allowing any campers in. Others
said they would go to their grave fighting Rose and Zane.
Despite the opposition, Zane, Mac, and farming buddy Bob Heren
continued meeting with board members and sharing the dream.
Somehow, the strength from within and help from family and
friends was enough to convince the board (the democrats anyway:
the vote went straight down party lines) to approve his plans.
Kentuckiana Kampground opened for business
with 37 campers Memorial Day weekend, 1970. It stands on the
same promise made to board members over 40 years ago: a place
to have good clean family fun.
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