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Image 527 of Kentucky : a guide to the Bluegrass state

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‘ TOUR 1 6 4II j Right from Marion on State 91, a graveled road, to FORD’S FERRY, 11 m., , across the Ohio River from Cave in Rock on the Illinois shore. Here on the Illinois V side early in the nineteenth century, Wilson’s Liquor Vault and House of Entertain- . ment was operated. The place became infamous for deeds of villainy and licen- ~ tiousness committed by a band of about 45 men who operated here and at Hur- H ricane Island, about 10 miles down the river. Wilson nnally lost his life at the V l hands of one of his own men, who was tempted by the large reward offered for . 7 Wilson’s head. , 4 At 208.3 m. is the junction with State 297, a graveled road. j _ Right on this road to TOLU (250 pop.), 11 m., on the Ohio River. Dr. W. D. , . Funkhouser of the University of Kentucky has uncovered burial places as weH as many ornaments and utensils of the prehistoric mound builders. Many of the _ beads are of local Huor spar. { SALEM, 219.1 m. (32 pop.), a hamlet in the center of a fertile _ j valley, is on the western slope of a low hill. The old log houses of the ; early settlers who came here with their slaves from Virginia and Caro- lina, once dotted this region. There is nothing now in old Salem to i I indicate that from 1798 to 1842 it was the seat of Livingstone County. _ ‘ When in 1842 the county seat was transferred to Smithland most of ' , the inhabitants, together with the county officials and lawyers, moved . away. G ` The GRAVE or Lucy jarrmasou LEWIS (R), 231.2 m., is marked by _ a granite shaft. Lucy jefferson, only sister of Thomas jefferson, was born in Virginia in 1752 and in 1808 moved to Kentucky with her I husband, Dr. Chas. Lilburn Lewis, from Albemarle County, Virginia. ( She was the youngest child of the jefferson family. The Lewises, r . imbued with the current enthusiasm for the West, migrated to Ken- 0 · tucky and settled on a lonely, rocky hillside-—now known as Lewis n Hill-overlooking the Ohio River, part of a military grant given Lewis ir as a reward for his services in the American Revolution. Dr. Lewis d ‘ was said to have been of an unsociable nature, given to moods and 'l queer mannerisms. He soon tired of his Kentucky home and left his Y family, supposedly to return to his large Virginia estate. It is said H that Lucy jefferson Lewis also pined for her Virginia home but she ?‘ . died here in 1811. d A US 60 crosses the Lucy IEFFERSON LEWIS MEMORIAL Biznno (tall 'C ` 5 0¢ ), 234 m., which spans the willow-hung Cumberland River, near the H K point where the stream ends its winding journey of 687 miles. V . SMITHLAND, 234.6 m. (286 alt., 519 pop.), spreads along a high *3 j bluff, above the confluence of the Ohio and the Cumberland. This _ *8 _; quiet little village was once looked upon as the coming metropolis of is this entire region. Its heyday was in the days when both the Ohio m * and the Cumberland teemed with commerce. From Pittsburgh and W ` from New Orleans came the floating passenger palaces and great freight Ve .“ carriers. Smithland’s busy wharves served as a transfer point for pas- ¤» I sengers and cargoes bound for inland points. I Christian Schultz, who visited Smithland in 1807, wrote of the early