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4I6 HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS n i munities to scorn them. In the later days when they were more staid, the meetings became strongholds of the fundamentalists, people .who sang, "The old time religion is good enough for me," and meant 1t, It State 40 continues to climb to the watershed between the Big Sandy nl and the Licking Rivers. Though much of the roadway in this imme- H diate section leads through woodland, occasional clearings permit a B view of the valley below. U SALYERSVILLE, 51.1 m. (875 alt., 446 pop.), seat of Magoffin County, named for Beriah Magoflin, Governor (1859-62), is on the V Licking River in a natural amphitheater. It was first called Adams- d ville for Uncle Billy Adams, a pioneer noted for his shrewdness, who __ a operated a gristmill, a flour mill, a carding factory, a tannery, and a blacksmith shop. When Magoffin County was formed in 1860, the .< town’s name was changed to honor Sam Salyers, the district’s legislative 5 L representative. The open field behind the courthouse is the scene of old—time horse trading each jockey Day (see Tour 4), which is the A L first day of the circuit court term in january, April, and September. P At 51.8 m. is the junction with State 30. “ Left on this road to ARNETT’S GAP, 2 m., an area of jagged cliffs of unusual v beauty, with a softening cover of pine, cedar, and mountain laurel. Here colum- k bine and other wild Bowers flourish. 1: State 40 passes along the winding course of the Licking River, -occa- . sionally climbing out of the valley to an elevation sufficiently high to J give a commanding view of distant hills. WEST LIBERTY, 74.4 m. (777 alt., 569 pop.), on the Licking E River, is the seat of Morgan County, named for Gen. Daniel Morgan ». i of Revolutionary fame. The town is a trade center for an area with w deposits-of cannel coal, which is richer in carbon than ordinary bi- j 1 tuminous and highly esteemed for open-grate fires in the home. The town’s buildings are of local stone, brick, dressed wood frame, and logs 1 covered with clapboards; some have adjacent slave quarters. In West » j Liberty and Morgan County there were more slaves than in any of the - , other Kentucky uplands. _ ] Right from West Liberty on State 7, a graded road, to the junction, 3 m., ( with Blaze Rd.; L. on this road to YOCUM FALLS, 7 m., a waterfall slightly l more than 100 feet high in a setting of wild beauty. Tall trees grow around the ` 4 basin into which the water falls, their tops reaching almost to the brink. Huge » · rocks at the foot of the falls are gray and green with lichens and other mosses, n · and out of the rock crevices and spray-drenched soil grow many rare plants. ‘ ‘ RIFE SPRINGS, 8 m., was once a health resort of note. The mineral spring . Hows into a basin hewn from the rock over which the water originally Howed. ( A moss-covered stone wall enclosed the spring. Near by are the Rums or THE Rmx Spamos Horan. Between West Liberty and Frenchburg State 40 winds over an old buffalo trace, found by the Indians when they entered this region. The highway follows generally the branches of the larger creeks, crossing several watersheds at elevations that afford a broad view.