Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State

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Chronology
1584 Virginia charter embraces territory which eventually becomes Kentucky.
1654 Colonel Wood explores Kentucky as far as the Mississippi.
1669 John Lederer makes three trips into the Blue Ridges.
1671 Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam reach Ohio Valley.
1673 James Needham and Gabriel Arthur explore in Tennessee region.
1730 John Salling, Williamsburg, Va., first native white American to pene-
trate western Kentucky, is captured by Indians.
1739 M. Longueil descends Ohio River; discovers Big Bone Lick.
1742 John Howard, an Englishman, crosses mountains from Virginia.
1750 Dr. Thomas Walker and companions cross Alleghenies and pass through
Cave ( Cumberland) Gap on exploring expedition.
1751 March. Christopher Gist visits Big Bone Lick.
1756 First village in Kentucky established opposite site of Portsmouth, Ohio,
by French traders.
Mrs. Mary Inglis is first white woman to visit Kentucky.
1769 Daniel Boone, with John Finley and four other companions, crosses
Appalachian ridges into Kentucky region.
1770 "Long Hunters," led by James Knox, reach country south of Kentucky
River.
1771 Simon Kenton and others visit Ohio River Valley and navigate tribu-
tary streams.
1773 June and July. Companies headed by Capt. Thomas Bullitt, Hancock
Taylor, and James, George, and Robert McAfee venture into northern
Kentucky. Captain Bullitt reaches Falls of the Ohio; he surveys land
below falls to Salt River and up Salt to Bullitt's Lick.
August. Bullitt makes first town plat in Kentucky above Ohio Falls, on
part of site of Louisville.
1774 May and June. Capt. James Harrod, Abram Hite, Jacob Sandusky, and
others navigate Kentucky River into what is now Mercer County. They
lay off Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg).
Daniel Boone warns Kentucky surveyors of impending Indian wars.
1775 March. Party of 30, led by Daniel Boone, reaches Rockcastle River.
Col. Richard Henderson and others acquire from Cherokees land be-
tween Ohio, Kentucky, and Cumberland Rivers and as far east as Cum-
berland Mountains. Virginia later refuses to recognize their right. Daniel
Boone, earlier, marked road through southern wilderness via Cumber-
land Gap to "Cuntuckey," the first marked road in Kentucky.

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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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