( Huntington, W. Va.) -- Ashland -- Owingsville -- Mount Sterling -- Winchester -- Lexington -- Versailles -- Frankfort -- Louisville -- Henderson - Paducah -- Wickliffe -- ( Charleston, Mo.); US 60, the Midland Trail. West Virginia Line to Missouri Line, 516.4 m.
Paved roadbed throughout. Chesapeake & Ohio Ry. parallels route between West Virginia Line and Lexington; Louisville & Nashville R.R. between Frankfort and Louisville, and between Cloverport and Henderson. All types of accommodations in cities and larger towns; limited elsewhere.
US 60, the longest single route in the State, winds east-west through Kentucky, revealing all its varied topography. Between Catlettsburg and Ashland it follows the Ohio River, paralleling the railroad tracks and yards through the industrial section of eastern Kentucky. Between Ashland and Louisville it passes through mountain counties that had been practically inaccessible before the highway was built in the 1920's. Between Morehead and Mount Sterling the valley widens, the hills decrease in height, and open farm and pasture lands appear. It crosses the Bluegrass section, a land of fertile chocolate-colored soil, white frame fences, and spacious ante-bellum houses whose columns are half hidden by trees. Lexington, midway between Catlettsburg and Louisville, is the center of Kentucky's saddle-horse and race-horse breeding section -- the heart of tradition's "old Kentucky" -- where life is still lived in the grand manner, and a knowledge of horses is of prime importance. The route crosses the Kentucky River at Frankfort, the State's capital, where the Bluegrass country meets the foothills of the northeast highlands.
US 60 crosses the West Virginia Line, 0 m., 10 miles west of Huntington, West Virginia (see West Virginia Tour 12), by way of a bridge (toll 500) over the Big Sandy River.
CATLETTSBURG, 0.5 m. (552 alt., 5,025 pop.), sprawled among the bills overlooking the junction of the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers, is the seat of Boyd County. The business district, dominated by the courthouse and given a spacious appearance by the courthouse square, is along the waterfront. Extended back from the river are quiet streets and unpretentious brick and frame dwellings. The town and near-by