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Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation$
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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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Springs and the Settlement of Pioneer Kentucky

Springs and the Settlement of Pioneer Kentucky

(p.27) Chapter Three Springs and the Settlement of Pioneer Kentucky
Water in Kentucky

Gary A. O’Dell

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter describes the role that mineral and freshwater springs played in the settlement of Kentucky. Springs served as the focal points of a network of trails created by bison and used by Indians and early settlers. Springs provided water supply for many early cities and towns. Nearly every significant community in central Kentucky owes its location to the presence of spring used for the initial water supply. As early settlements grew into substantial communities in the 20th century these springs, with few exceptions, were no longer adequate as primary water supplies. Springs remain important in rural areas for livestock.

Keywords:   Mineral springs, freshwater springs, settlement springs, salt licks, buffalo traces, karst

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