It’s no secret that National Parks and State Parks are some of the most sacred places in all of the United States.
The preservation of the natural beauty this land was founded upon is nothing short of breathtaking, and if you haven’t had the chance to visit one yet, you need to do yourself a favor and put it on the bucket list.
And for those who have been lucky enough to have a State Park or plot of land within a National Park named after them, that means they have made a serious contribution in the history of the U.S.
And one large group of people is petitioning to have a State Park named after one of the most iconic female country singers on the planet: The late, great Loretta Lynn.
According to LEX18,a petition was started on Change.org to change the name of Paintsville Lake State Park to “Loretta Lynn State Park.” The park is located in Johnson County, Kentucky, the same county Lynn grew up in.
The petition is directed towards Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky’s General Assembly, and cites many of the country music legend’s accomplishments in asking the state to honor one of their own:
“Loretta Lynn is a gem, a diamond in the coal; brilliant, bright, beautiful, and resilient. Loretta Lynn is not only Kentucky’s daughter; she is a national treasure. Loretta Lynn touched the nation’s heart with her downhome country charm, life story of surviving poverty and overcoming insurmountable obstacles to reach the pinnacle of success.
Loretta Lynn impacted our culture and altered the course of country music forever. Loretta, blessed with God given talent, her Kentuckian can-do spirit, achieved a level of success, which is inconceivable and unimaginable even in hindsight. Loretta Lynn is considered the most awarded female in the history of country music and is regarded as the “Queen of County Music.””
Thus far, the petition has nearly 25,000 signatures for the park to be renamed.
Needless to say, this would be one helluva tribute to a woman who played a huge role in putting female country singers on the map.
Lynn passed away at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home in 2022 at the age of 90.