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Kentucky's Frontier HighwayHistorical Landscapes along the Maysville Road$
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Karl Raitz and Robert Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136646

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.001.0001

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Reading America's Roads

Reading America's Roads

(p.3) 1 Reading America's Roads
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

The twenty-first century road is a linear place that is part of a larger network of linear places that link together but is comprised of particularistic parts—a bridge, a section of road, a freeway interchange—that are always changing, adjusting, in flux. Neither the road nor the people or institutions that build, maintain, or use it are static or stable. Change does not necessarily obliterate established landscape elements such as townhouses, taverns, or gas stations, and such places represent a host of intersecting engineering technologies, legal edicts, political imbroglios, societal milieus, and economic conditions. The metaphor of road-as-intersection acknowledges the road's position as a node within any number of knowledge networks or systems that range from the abstract to the concrete, from the theoretical to the functional, from the historic to the contemporary. By learning how to read the Maysville Road landscape, the perceptive traveller can see more than the roadside historic plaque and come to appreciate the people who created the historic landscape through which the road traverses.

Keywords:   Road, Reading Landscape, Change, Technology

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