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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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Indian Paths and Buffalo Traces

Indian Paths and Buffalo Traces

(p.51) 6 Indian Paths and Buffalo Traces
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

Early paths across central Kentucky were established by buffalo (bison) and other animals as well as by members of prehistoric societies. Humans, present in Kentucky for at least 12,000 years before European and African settlers arrived, moved across the landscape following game animals and their trails. An elaborate network of buffalo traces focused at salt springs where the animals licked salt deposits in the soil, suggesting to early explorers and hunters the term “lick” for such sites.

Keywords:   Buffalo, Bison, Indians, Trace, Lick

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