Why People Settled in Maysville Kentucky
If you hop in your car and travel East less than an hour, you'll notice very quickly why Maysville became so popular. It's because you can draw a line between the mountains of the East and the plains of the Midwest, and that line passes right through this area. Sure, this area is still hilly. But if you go just East, those hills become mountains. Even the most modest mountain becomes an arduous obstacle when you're mode of transportation is a wagon.
The most direct route to Washington in those times would have been by river. The Ohio River travels up through the mountains to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Again, Maysville became an ideal place to settle for travellers by riverboat because this is around where those mountains end.