Kefauver Park Series  LbNA # 18752

Placed DateApr 27 2009
LocationMadisonville, TN
Planted ByQuilter & Traveler    
Found By Knotty Lady
Last Found Oct 22 2012
Hike Distance?

Estes Kefauver was born in Madisonville, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee and Yale University. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949. He served in the United States Senate from 1949 to his death in 1963. As a member of the House during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's term in office, Kefauver distinguished himself from the other Democrats in Tennessee's congressional delegation, most of whom were conservatives, by becoming a staunch supporter of the President's New Deal legislation, particularly the controversial Tennessee Valley Authority. Once in the Senate, Kefauver began to make a name for himself as a crusader for consumer protection laws, antitrust legislation, and civil rights. Kefauver introduced legislation which would eventually pass into law as the Kefauver-Harris Drug Control Act. This bill, which Kefauver dubbed his "finest achievement" in consumer protection, imposed controls on the pharmaceutical industry which required that drug companies disclose to doctors the side-effects of their products, allow their products to be sold as generic drugs after having held the patent on them for a certain period of time, and be able to prove on demand that their products were, in fact, effective and safe.

The original boxes disappeared and these are the replacements.

From I-75, take Hwy. 68 south approx. 9 miles to Madisonville. Take Hwy. 411 south out of Madisonville. Turn right into Kefauver park and the parking lot. The trail is one mile in length and very easy walking. Strollers will work fine, very little climbing involved.

Box #1: TVA Dam. From the parking lot, head to the water and turn left onto the trail. The trail enters the woods and before long you will see a bridge. Focus your attention at the bottom of the post on the left side of the bridge. Use a stick to clear some leaves away and , well, damn there is TVA.

Box #2: The Capitol. Keep going in the same direction on the trail, across the bridge and around the trail. Two light poles before the next bridge, climb the hill and look for a fallen tree. Near the stump of the tree, look under the moss & leaves. Please beware of any poison ivy that may have sprung up since the planting. And please rehide well.

Box # 3: The Senator. Keep going around the trail, same direction. Cross over two more wooden bridges. Go past the Picnic Pavillion & attached play area. The first gravel path you see leads to the point. The second gravel path, cuts past the water inlet. Stroll down this second path and sit on the bench. View two planter areas with boulders in the middle. Part the glossy leaf holly and look behind the rock that is against the big rock.

Please be discrete and re-hide all boxes carefully.