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Kentucky's Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes along the Maysville Road

Karl Raitz and Robert Roland-Holst

Abstract

Two overland routes provided eighteenth-century migrants from the middle Atlantic coast access to the Ohio River valley's fertile Kentucky country. A southern route, the Wilderness Road, crossed Cumberland Gap to gain access to the Bluegrass plains. A northern route brought migrants down the Ohio River to Maysville. An overland wagon road, the Maysville Road, linked Maysville to Lexington, a frontier fort and trade town some sixty-seven miles southwest. The Maysville Road was America's first highway into the trans-Appalachian West. Roads are compliant, linear places that change, slowly or quic ... More

Keywords: Maysville Road, Kentucky, Bluegrass Region, Landscape, Geography, History, Transportation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813136646
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl Raitz, author

Robert Roland-Holst, author

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