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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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Siting Paris

Siting Paris

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(p.171) 16 Siting Paris
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Kentucky's Frontier Highway
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Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.003.0016

North of Houston Creek the road enters Paris, county seat of Bourbon County and the third largest urban place on the road (pop. 8,553 in 2010). This chapter provides an interpretation of this transitional landscape. Two centuries ago basic geographical decisions as to farm and town location were couched in straightforward pragmatics. Farmsteads required a year-round fresh water supply, standing timber for fuel, fencing, and construction materials, and open expanses of fertile land. Prime town sites combined access to water, fuel and construction wood, overland roads, and streams that, if not navigable, had flow sufficient to power a grist or saw mill. Paris was sited between Houston and Stoner Creeks and the Maysville Road became Main Street. Merchants established retail stores along Main Street, and burley tobacco farmers marketed their crops at rail-side warehouses.

Keywords:   Main Street, Retail, Tobacco auction, Courthouse, Architecture

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