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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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Blue Licks

Blue Licks

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Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

The historic Blue Licks site, beside the Licking River, was the location of Indian and frontier settler salt boiling operations. The present settlement has few buildings remaining from the historic period. The salty soil at the spring attracted mammoth, bison, and other animals whose fossilized bones have been recovered in large numbers. In 1782 the Battle of Blue Licks was fought here. In addition to the salt works the site attracted investors who constructed resort hotels for visitors to “take the waters.”

Keywords:   Licking River, Salt spring, Salt works, Iron, Shorts's goldenrod, Pleistocene, Fossil, Shawnee, Resort, Battle of Blue Licks

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