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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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Nineteenth-Century Paris

Nineteenth-Century Paris

(p.187) 18 Nineteenth-Century Paris
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

As a county seat astride the Maysville Road, Paris was predisposed to become the county's largest town and its political and economic center. Many county primary and secondary roads were improved with macadam surfacing from the 1830s through the 1860s allowing farm and small town residents easier access to Paris markets and merchants. Travelers availed themselves of the amenities offered by Paris hotels, and local merchants stocked their stores with a wide variety of merchandise obtained from Philadelphia. Paris also became a hub on the railroad lines that developed between Lexington and Maysville. During the Civil War, Paris became the focus for Union troop movements and bivouacs.

Keywords:   Economy, County seat, Civil War, Railroad

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