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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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State and Federal Highway

State and Federal Highway

(p.77) 9 State and Federal Highway
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

In 1912, the Department of Public Roads advised counties in road and bridge construction. State legislation in 1914 authorized a road-building fund and allowed counties to obtain state aid for roads connecting county seats. In 1920, the Department of Public Roads was reorganized into a new Department of State Roads and Highways with a budget and authorization to hire qualified engineers, and the legislature designated the Maysville Road as a state highway. Federal legislation in 1926 created a federal highway numbering system and the Maysville Road became part of US 68. The State Highway Department, supported by both state and federal highway construction funds, began a long-term program of realigning and rebuilding the Maysville Road in the late 1920s. The economical automobile democratized highway travel by 1910 giving people discretionary mobility. The Kentucky Central Railroad between Paris and Maysville opened about 1873, and for five decades the railroad ran in direct competition with road-borne stagecoach, freight wagon lines, and cars and trucks in moving passengers and goods between Lexington and Maysville. Businesses serving the traveling public sprang up at roadside to provide fuel, food, and lodging.

Keywords:   Administration, State, Federal, Engineering, Railroad, Automobile

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