Friday, November 03, 2006

A First Hand Account of Maysville's Development

Yesterday we talked about the amazing transformation Maysville Kentucky went through between the years of 1821 and 1861, expanding in both population and development. One of our readers, Ken Downing, reminded us that we have a first person account of this time period from Caleb Atwater (See: The Writings of Caleb Atwater from our May 2006 Issue). Atwater wrote that in 1833 the population of Maysville was around 3,000 inhabitants. By 1847 Mason County as a whole had a population of over 15,000 people. That's a huge jump in fourteen years!

Caleb Atwater, by the way was born December 25, 1778 in North Adams, Massachusetts. He was an author and a politician and kept extensive notes during his travels. The Writings of Caleb Atwater, published in 1833, was his account of his travels through the State of Ohio. The full text of the book is available at this link.

posted at 12:12 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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