'Love Locks' Arise on Henderson Riverfront

All over the world in China, Moscow Melbourne, Tel Aviv, New York and most famously Paris, lovers and friends affix 'love locks.'

Etching initials and dates, signifying their love and tossing away the key.

But just as romances melt away, so have the locks on the Brooklyn Bridge and Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris, after their 45ton weight became too much for the structure to handle.

Officials cutting them off in both cities to preserve the bridges.

But over one year ago, the tradition migrating to a small railing facing the Ohio river.

New locks, new love, sprouting every day along a railing at downtown Henderson’s Audubon Mill park.

Starting with a few. And now it adorns 58.

As of right now city officials tell Eyewitness News that the locks aren't doing any harm, but in a couple of weeks, or months, if there are too many locks on the railing and it starts causing damage, they might have to cut them off.

“Cause we understand what the sentiment of it is. That it's a token of i guess pledging your love to someone and sealing it up and locking it onto the fence,” said Henderson Public Information Officer Donna Stinnett.

Residents excited the romantic custom found its way in their neck of the woods.

“If they're just sitting there as locks and not weighing on anything, I don't think it's a big deal,” said Henderson resident Audra Coursey, hoping these locks don't see the same fate as the others.

But for now, the locks remain, holding stories dear to those that secured them.

“I just think it's a romantic notion and if the locks stick that would be even better with the marriages, other relationships, if it would last longer,” said Coursey.

The locks, sharing meaning to all, not just couples.

“It’s a beautiful expression and when I come by hopefully I can put me a lock up there in memory of my mother,” said Muhlenberg County resident Nicola Douglas.

(This article was originally published August 29, 2017)


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