Sherman Cahal

Author and Historian

Valley Draft House Sketch

Sherman Cahal

Appalachian Author and Artist

Sherman Cahal is a Kentucky-based published author and artist specializing in documenting Appalachian architecture and culture.


Abandoned Building

Abandoned and Historic Structures

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Bridge with Barge

Bridges & Tunnels

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Scenic Roadway

American Byways

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AK Steel

Abandoned Kentucky

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Abandoned Kentucky - Book Cover

Abandoned Kentucky

The stunning images found in Abandoned Kentucky offer us a window into our past, showing life in the Bluegrass State as it was back then, and stirring in us a sense of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived.

Go inside the historic Columbia Theatre in downtown Paducah and the shuttered Union Station depot in Henderson. From the Old Crow bourbon distillery along Glenn’s Creek to the Parker Tobacco Company in Maysville, and a once grand farmhouse in McLean County, these photographs showcase the rich history and untold stories of abandoned places from one corner of Kentucky to the other.

Where others may see only decay and rot in these long-forgotten locations, Sherman Cahal, Adam Paris and Michael Maes see exquisite beauty.

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