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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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Pioneer Road

Pioneer Road

(p.55) 7 Pioneer Road
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

The Maysville Road of the pioneer era had a poor road surface, streams lacked bridging, and roadside accommodations were elementary. Yet, a steady stream of travelers followed the road. Towns and rural settlements became markets for foodstuffs and manufactured goods imported from Atlantic Coast cities. Travel time for goods moving from Maysville to Lexington and back was six days if the road was in good condition. Kentucky's 1797 road law placed road building and maintenance responsibilities with the county courts, not the state. The law gave no directives for road engineering, or priorities to create a systematic road network. Rather, roads were conceived of as a local service to be built and maintained by local people.

Keywords:   Road use, Road quality, Travel time, Road law

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