Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State

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Foreword

The American Guide Series, when completed, will include a guidebook for every State in the Union. As each State studies and describes its history, natural endowments, and special interests, the paradox of diversity and homogeneity will become apparent. For each State has a special personality due to its topography, people, and culture, while certain qualities and interests bind all the States together.

These guidebooks will find place in schools, colleges, and libraries; and private individuals will consult them for information available elsewhere only in word-of-mouth tradition or obscure archives and files. For these volumes are more than simply guidebooks: they are wide-angle reference books as well. And this is not to say that the guide aspect has been neglected -- to be reassured on this point one needs only to read with attention one of the many tours included.

The account of Kentucky's settlement and of the brave adventure of its great men has brought romance and charm to novels, poems, and stories which have carried the name of Kentucky far and wide and have endeared the State to many who live beyond its borders. Readers have been harrowed by details of poverty and hard living, or soothed by the picturesque. In the present guidebook they will learn things about the State that will give them a more rounded and balanced picture. Kentucky's culture, only a century and a half old, has been enriched by the customs and traditions of other regions and other lands. Kentucky was the crossroads of migration, both from the seaboard and from Europe, as the pioneers moved west or south. People flowed into the State, some to remain, some to continue their journeys, but in either case they made a contribution. The traveler today will find evidences not only of earlier white culture and of the progress that has been made in the past fifty years, but also traces of prehistoric occupation.

For many years I have been thinking about a book on the subject, "Why are Kentuckians as they are?" I have thought of the early pioneers, their contributions to Kentucky, the settlements they established, the houses they built, and the civilization that was erected on

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Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State
Table of contents

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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