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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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Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

The Maysville Road fomented political policy and economic development. Innovative road building technology was demonstrated by its construction, and it prompted new cultural landscapes. For these reasons the road was one of the most important in post-colonial America. This chapter outlines the role that the road played in the settlement of the “Eden of the West” as the Bluegrass Region was known. Area residents obtained supplies from and exported farm and industrial products to the Ohio River via the Maysville Road. Steamboat traffic on the Ohio enhanced long-distance linkages to Ohio and New York canals which, together with early trans-Appalachian railroads, helped to foster continued use of the Maysville Road, even underwriting the expansion of its functions from that of migration route and mail or post road to an avenue for commerce.

Keywords:   Bluegrass, Regional development, Politics, Transportation

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