Gasper River

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Gasper River
MouthBarren River
Basin countriesUSA
Length39 miles (63 km)
Mouth elevation420 feet (130 m)
 
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Coordinates: 37°05′04″N 86°34′30″W / 37.08444°N 86.575°W / 37.08444; -86.575

Gasper River
MouthBarren River
Basin countriesUSA
Length39 miles (63 km)
Mouth elevation420 feet (130 m)

The Gasper River is a 38.6-mile-long (62.1 km)[1] river in southwestern Kentucky, USA. It flows northeasterly into the Barren River. It is a rural river; the only town near it is Hadley in Warren County. It begins in northeast Logan County, and the river also flows through Warren and Logan counties. Tributaries include Belcher, Salt Lick, Brush, Clear Fork, Westbrook, and Rock House creeks.

It is about 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 m) wide and has a few small rapids. It is considered a mid-difficulty stream for canoeing.[2]

At the confluence with the Barren River is Sally's Rock, used as a river pilot's guide. It is named for Sally Beck, a local who delivered news to passing river boats in the 1880s.

The river was part of a land grant given to George Washington, Jr., nephew of George Washington, the president. He surveyed the land in 1785. The Gasper River was the home church of Reverend James McGready, and religious revivals were held on its banks as early as 1797, constituting the first ever open-air tent revival or camp meeting.[3] In 1800 McGready began a revival at the nearby Red River Meeting House, which sparked the Second Great Awakening, and many of the congregants present were from the Gasper River church.[4]

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References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 13, 2011
  2. ^ "Kentucky whitewater - Gasper River, Logan / Warren County". riverfacts.com. http://www.riverfacts.com/rivers/11230.html. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  3. ^ Mathews, Donald G. (1977). Religion in the Old South. University of Chicago Press. pp. 51–52. 
  4. ^ Aron, Stephen (1999). How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay. Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 174–177.