Talk:Kentucky Bend

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Is Madrid Bend a unique situation in U.S. state geogrpahy, or are their other true exclaves on the winding Mississippi that are completely surrounded by other states?

There are indeed other situations like Madrid Bend along the Mississippi, such a Kaskaskia, Illionois, and several places in Mississippi and Arkansas.

How about a map71.106.97.72 19:16, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

there used to be a map here, but the image wasn't allowed and so got deleted (at least according to the history)

This is one of only three situtations that I know of in the United States where a part of a state is completely cut off from the rest of the state, i.e., no land connection and no water connection. The other two are Ellis Island and Liberty Island, which are both parts of New York state and New York County, New York. They are both completely surrounded by territory that is part of Jersey City, New Jersey. There are, of course, many instances of land cut off from the rest of the state along the Mississippi and other rivers. In all of these cases though, there is always at least a water connection between the two parts. Most of these places are small in area and unpopulated, so there is usually very little interest in them. Besides Kaskaskia, Illinois, the best known places like this are Carter Lake, Iowa, mostly surrounded by Omaha, Nebraska, and cut off from Iowa by the Missouri River, and Point Roberts, Washington, which is attached to Canada by land, but cut off from the rest of Washington by the Strait of Georgia. Backspace 21:06, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Another place in a similar situation would be Alburgh, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain on the Canadian border. Backspace 21:18, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Kentucky Highway 313[edit]

This appears to be an error. I found KY 313 quite a ways east of here over at Mapquest: [<a href="">Map of Radcliff, KY US</a>]. It comes off I-65 at exit 102. Mapquest shows no highways in Kentucky Bend. I'm removing the reference.Squad51 02:43, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

State boundaries[edit]

According to this, the southern tip of the southward facing bend belongs to Tennessee... just an observation.--It's me...Sallicio! 04:32, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Old river course[edit]

Can anyone make a or modify the map to show what the river course used to be? --Metallurgist (talk) 05:20, 12 April 2010 (UTC)


So this exclave of Kentucky seems to be created from the definition of the Missouri and Tennessee border. The Missouri border is defined by the Mississippi river and Tennessee border is defined by latitude.(is this correct). So what I was wondering is when the river eventually cuts off this meander will this become part of Missouri since it will no longer be part of the river? (it is called an oxbow lake and it will eventually dry up) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:41, 21 June 2013 (UTC)