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10 > Image 10 of Inventory of the county archives of Kentucky. No. 34. Fayette County (Lexington). Vol. I

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" 6 Historical Sketch is famous (Peter, Op. Cit., p. 205). In 1795 Fayette County had four important roads: The Wilderness, the V Nashville, the Lexington-Limestone and the Louisville Roads (R. S. Cotterill, History of Pioneer Kentuc , p. 256). Today, four federal highways (Nos. 25, 27, 60 and 68 traverse the county. Small settlements in the county include Athens, Brier Hill, Montrose, South Elkhorn, East Hickman and Slickaway. _ f A short distance northwest of the city of Lexington a federal narcotic farm and hospital has been erected. The institution is unique in this part of the country. Local nineteenth century historians were fond of applying the rather ex- travagant soubriquet "Mother of Counties" to Fayette. Even with the limmta- . tions of a more realistic outlook, however, some truth will be granted the lesser implication of the title when it is realized that originally Fayette County embraced approximately onethird of the state of Kentucky, or forty- seven of its present counties. Bibliography Coleman, J. Winston, The Courthouses of Lexington, private- ly published. Collins, Richard H., History of Kentucky, Vol. II, John P. I Morton and Company, Louisville, Kentucky, 1924. Cotterill, R. S., History of Pioneer Kentucky, Johnson and Hardin, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1917. Durrett, Reuben, The Centenary of Kentucky, A Filson Club V Publication, John P. Morton and Company, Louisville, Ken- . tucky, 1895. Hening, Statutes at Large, Laws of Virginia, Vols. X, XII, printed for Editor by George Cochran, Richmond, Virginia, 1822 and 1825. Littell, William, Laws of Kentucky, Vol. I printed for William Hunter, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1809; Vol. II printed for William Hunter, Johnston and Pleasants, 1810. Peter, Robert, History of Fayette County, 0. L. Baskin and l Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1882. Robertson, James Rood, Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky, John P. Morton and Company, Louisville, Ken- tucky, 1914, A Filson Club Publication, No. 27. The Lexington Leader, December 19, 1956.