True mountaineers obey the commandments and never allow a twin bed in their homes"; "Visiting Pikeville is like making love to an old maid. You'll have to do it all over again"; and "We serve free beer if you are over 95 years old and accompanied by your parent."
Pikeville is at the junction with US 119 (see Tour 19); between Pikeville and JENKINS, 191.5 m. (1,527 alt., 8,465 pop.) (see Tour 19), US 23 and US 119 are united (see Tour 19).
South of Jenkins the route leads over continuous elevations to the crest of Pine Mountain, thence through historic POUND GAP, 194.6 m. (2,366 alt.), a mountain pass that connects the South with the Big Sandy Valley. It is called a wind gap because water no longer flows through it. Pound Gap, like many mountain passes, has been a highroad of adventure and romance. The Kentucky, the Cumberland, and the Big Sandy head near it; Indian trails passed through it; pioneers eventually utilized it. At first called Sounding Gap because the rocky formation seemed to give back a hollow sound, the name was corrupted to Pound Gap.
A marker on the Kentucky side of the gap lists important dates in the early history of the State and of this pass.
Pound Gap is on the Virginia Line, 20.5 miles west of Norton, Va. (see Virginia Tour 15).
Winchester -- Stanton -- Jackson -- Hazard -- Junction with US119; 161.9 m. State 15.
Louisville & Nashville R.R. roughly parallels entire route.
All types of accommodations in larger towns; limited elsewhere.
This route, between Winchester and the junction with US 119, passes from the fertile fields and spacious farmhouses of the Bluegrass region, along Indian and pioneer trails and winding streams, to the wooded hills of the mist-hung Appalachians.
WINCHESTER, 0 m. (981 alt., 8,233 pop.) (see Tour 16), is at the junctions with US 60 (see Tour 16) and US 227 (see Tour 17A).
Southeast of Winchester State 15 winds through rolling country to INDIAN OLD FIELDS (R), 11 m., the SITE OF ESKIPPAKITHIKI, an Indian village that was here from about 1718 to 1754, and is believed to have been the last one in Kentucky. Early Scottish traders, referred to the Piqua, a band of Shawnee who lived here, as Picts, and their