Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Thank God I Made It Town

Returning from my second trip this year to Washington, D.C., I can only imagine the trip early settlers had to take over the Appalachian Mountains. Our route takes us from Maryland directly over the mountain range through West Virginia. There's an obvious reason why there were only thirteen colonies in the early Americas. The Appalachians presented both a physical and mental wall that few could look beyond. That's why the pioneers and explorers were such heroes in their time. They crossed the wall.

Maysville Kentucky, at the very edge of the Appalachians, before America becomes flat again through the Midwest and into the Great Plains, was a great "Thank God I made it" town. It doesn't matter if they arrived by wagon or by river. When a modern day car ride is a pain in the rear, the early settlers must have been very greatful to have arrived on this side of the mountains alive and well. I'd imagine that Daniel Boone's tavern that operated on what is today Front Street must have been a very popular place to drink to the end of a journey.

posted at 12:43 PM by Jeremy Parnell



Words cannot describe how much I enjoy this. I spent every summer of my life as a child on Mamaw Bess and Papaw Dick's farm on Charlotte Bottoms Road. We also spent time at Papaw John and Etta's, Ole Mom Harrison, Mamaw Boyd, and all of our other aunts and uncles. Those days were filled with wonder, Jesus, the river, tobacco, sweat bee's and heat. What a wonderful childhood I had. I miss those days so. Thanks for being there.

3:36 PM
Jeremy said...

We stopped at this one place along I-68 called "Sideling Hill". It was part of the original US 40 that way back in the 1700s formed part of the National Road. Still, as late as 1930, it was considered a dangerous crossing. To get across this region you had to cross five mountains over 40 miles. According to the markers put up, many stagecoaches fell off the side of the mountain, killing the passengers. And that's just one part of the trip. Rough.

11:07 AM
Ken Downing said...

The trip down the river from Wheeling took 30 to 40 days and could only be done in the spring or fall. Winter the river froze and summer it was too shallow in many places for the flatboats to float. Then there was the Indians on the north side of the river. A constant threat.

3:13 PM