Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State

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this his headquarters. GENERAL BURNSIDE'S HEADQUARTERS (R) is a rambling two-story frame building with a two-story porch.

Burnside is at the junction with State 90 (see Tour20).

The highway, following a ridge that rises at times to an altitude of 1,300 feet, leads through rugged, wooded hills and along winding streams.

PARKER'S LAKE, 104.3 m. (1,256 alt., 200 pop.), is at the junction with State 90 (see Tour4B).

WHITLEY CITY, 112.2 m. (1,322 alt., 1,200 pop.), seat of McCreary County, is one of the highest county seats in the State. Until the formation of the county in 1912, this was one of Kentucky's most isolated regions; the people, dwelling in log cabins, led a primitive life in their small self-sufficing communities. Hostilities frequently developed, and feuds (see Tour 19) were common. With the building of US 27, Whitley City developed rapidly into a progressive community with modern schools, churches, and a new fireproof brick courthouse.

STEARNS, 114.9 m. (2,176 pop.), is the center of a thriving lumber industry and a shipping point for both the coal and timber of the region.

PINE KNOT, 118.4 m. (1,410 alt., 500 pop.), until 1913 the seat of McCreary County, lies in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. There is little arable land in the surrounding region except that along the creek bottoms and on top of the level plateaus.

US 27 crosses the Tennessee Line, 123.1 m., at a point 146 miles north of Chattanooga, Tenn. (see Tenn. Tour 6).


Tour 4

(Cincinnati, Ohio) -- Covington -- Georgetown -- Lexington -- Richmond -- Corbin -- Williamsburg -- (Jellico, Term.); US 25 and 25W Ohio Line to Tennessee Line, 223.7 m.

Hard-surfaced roadbed throughout. Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas-Pacific R.R. roughly parallels route between Cincinnati and Lexington, and Louisville & Nashville R.R. between Richmond and Jellico. All types of accommodations in cities; limited elsewhere.

US 25, locally called the Eastern Dixie Highway, reveals a typical cross-section of Kentucky. It crosses the low wooded hills of the Ohio River, passes rolling orchard land and prosperous country estates with waving bluegrass meadows, and between the great gorge cut by the Kentucky River and the rugged foothills of the Appalachians, follows Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • List of Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Events xxvii
  • Part I - Kentucky: the General Background 1
  • Kentuckians 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • Archeology and Indians 28
  • History 35
  • Agriculture 50
  • Transportation 56
  • Manufacturing and Mining 60
  • Labor 66
  • The Negro 72
  • Religion 77
  • Education 83
  • Folklore and Folk Music 89
  • Kentucky Thorough- Breds 94
  • Press and Radio 102
  • The Arts 110
  • Part II - Cities and Towns 137
  • Ashland 139
  • Covington 147
  • Frankfort 157
  • Harrodsburg 168
  • Louisville 175
  • Lexington 197
  • Paducah 221
  • Part III - Highways and Byways 231
  • Tour 1 233
  • Tour 2 242
  • Tour 3 246
  • Tour 4 261
  • Tour 4a 274
  • Tour 4b 279
  • Tour 5 280
  • Tour 6 288
  • Tour 7 296
  • Tour 7a 309
  • Tour 8 315
  • Tour 9 322
  • Tour 10 324
  • Tour 11 329
  • Tour 12 334
  • Tour 12a 341
  • Tour 13 344
  • Tour 14 351
  • Tour 15 362
  • Tour 16 387
  • Tour 17 414
  • Tour 17 A 419
  • Tour 18 424
  • Tour 19 433
  • Tour 20 441
  • Part IV - Appendices 449
  • Chronology 451
  • Selective Bibliography 462
  • Index 471
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