In conjunction with the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center's local history exhibit Road Life: Sites and Scenes along Kentucky's First Highway. The authors of the recent publication Kentucky’s Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes Along the Maysville Road—Karl Raitz, geography professor, and Nancy O’Malley, assistant director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Kentucky—will be signing copies of their book from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the museum.
The road from Maysville to Lexington has a long and colorful history. Known first as the Limestone Trace, the road was a principal route for immigrants coming to Kentucky. In 1835, the Maysville Turnpike Company completed work on the 67-mile-long Maysville and Lexington Turnpike. Kentucky’s first highway would boast the earliest macadamized road surface in the state. Politicians Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and war hero Lafayette traveled the road, along with commercial traffic that brought foreign goods to Kentucky consumers. In the 20th century, the road became Highway 68 and continues to connect Kentucky to the national road network.
The museum's exhibit is sponsored by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Highway Administration, Kentucky Archaeological Survey and the W.S. Webb Museum of Anthropology.
For more information, visit www.kygmc.org or call 606-564-5865.