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Old Timers in Maysville will tell you that they remember when these floodwalls did not exist. The Ohio River is both beautiful and useful, but is prone to flooding so high concrete floodwalls were built to keep the water out of the town when the river rose. The only problem was that the walls hid the view of the river, and they are ugly.
In 1998 the City of Maysville began the Floodwall Mural Project, which is transforming those once unsightly walls into works of art. To date there are nine murals completed, depicting life in and around Maysville. They visually demonstrate the historical connection of the Ohio River to Maysville. The Murals next to Limestone Landing fountain chronologically illustrate four centuries of history and represent the four seasons. The murals at Market and Sutton streets incorporate the area's social and agricultural heritage.
The murals are open year round and viewing them is free.Related to:
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This monument was given to the City of Maysville in 1999 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Maysville Division of the Crounse Corporation. The propeller is typical of those used on Crounse's big 1,800 horse power tugboats, eight of which work out of Maysville, pushing huge barges up and down the Ohio River.
The monument is a reminder of Maysville's ties to the River, both past and present.
The Museum Center, aka the Mason County County Museum and Research Library, was chartered as the Maysville and Mason County Library, Historical, and Scientific Association in 1878 and is said to be the oldest state historical organization in continuous existence. In 1975 the association changed focus and continued as the Mason County Museum. In 2003, with plans for change and expansion, the name was changed to Museum Center.
Their mission includes preserving and making available for research historical records collections from a seven county area. This includes the Kentucky counties of Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson, and the Ohio counties of Adams and Brown.
Unfortunately the Museum Center was closed on my most recent visit to Maysville. However I did take these photos.
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While in Maysville, we ate lunch at Chandler's. It's a non-smoking restaurant. We were so pleased with it we decided to eat dinner there too. The chef/owner is a local guy and sometimes comes out to see how everything is. I recommend it.
Uhhhh wow. I am so glad my friend and I left early to find the station, because we used all that extra time to find it!!! We assumed that since Amtrack was a "big deal" there would be signs to the station, just like an airport. There were NO signs and even a gas station attendant said he lived here and he didn't think there was a train station in Maysville.
We finally called an Amtrack rep and asked for directions. Even that wasn't helpful...but eventually we found it down an alley-like road. Seriously, there were no signs anywhere, I just can't beleive that. And the station was run-down and scary...Related to:
Does anything about this bridge look familiar? The Simon Kenton Bridge, a suspension bridge built in 1931, is said to be a prototype of the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
The Simon Kenton Bridge, which originally opened with a toll, has been free since 1945. Its main span is 323 meters (1,060 feet) long, and the total length of the bridge is 607 meters (1,991 feet). It connects Maysville, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Ohio.
In 2001 a larger and more modern William H. Harsha Bridge was completed just north of Maysville. The new bridge now carries most of the traffic of U.S. highways 68 and 62 which cross the Ohio River at this point. Business routes of the highways still cross at the Simon Kenton Bridge.
Simon Kenton, a contemporary of Daniel Boone, was the founding father of Mason County, Kentucky when this was America's western frontier.
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Maysville Sports & Outdoors
A gateway through the floodwall and leading under the railroad tracks links downtown with the Maysville Fishing Pier and Artificial Reef. It was built in 1995 as a cooperative effort between the City of Maysville and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. I didn't fish here, and didn't see any other fishermen, but it was a great place to take a short scenic stroll beside the Ohio River.
In front of the floodwall opening that gives access to the pier, you will see the Limestone Landing Fountain, and also interpretative and historical markers.
Favorite thing: Mason County, tucked away in a sweeping arm of the Ohio River, is rich in heritage and historical landmarkings. Notable people with roots in or associations to Mason County include:
Daniel Boone, Pioneer Frontiersman
John Coulter, Hunter with the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Rosemary Clooney, Singer and Actress
George Clooney, Actor, and nephew of Rosemary
Mason County was formed by an Act of the Kentucky Legislature from Bourbon County in May, 1788. It is named for George Mason, the Virginian who wrote the constitution for his state, of which we Kentucky was once a part, and who authored the Bill of Rights for the Nation.
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