Olympia, Kentucky

Olympia, a small wayside community of several dozen people in eastern Kentucky, has a fascinating history as over a span of ten minutes on March 3, 1876, red meat rained down. The Kentucky Meat Shower contained venison and mutton. Samples that weren’t being quickly devoured by hogs and chicken were sent to Transylvania University in nearby Lexington for further analysis, which concluded that the meat was lung and muscle tissue and cartilage.

No explanation was ever formally given, although local lore claims that a flock of buzzards was flying overhead when they disgorged as a group.

No other noteworthy events have since occurred at Olympia, but the village does contain as its centerpiece the long-abandoned Olympia Christian Church.

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