DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 14, 2020) – In Issue 128 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we’re  on the road in Kentucky.

Steve Kovacs, Loveland, OH (Provided)

All roads lead to Kentucky

Well, more accurately, the first state road (commonwealth road?) was authorized on this day in 1793, the year after Kentucky joined the union as the 15th state. 

In those days travel on roads was an adventure as they were rough, and they could get rather muddy.  Nonetheless, cleared roads enabled travel over land, especially with wagons.

This first state road ran between Frankfort and the Ohio River across from Cincinnati.  It wasn’t quite I-75 and I-64…

Here is Mitchell’s map of Kentucky from 1850.       

Map of Kentucky – 1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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