For thousands of years the prehistoric residents of Kentucky lived with the land, taking what they needed but no more. European hunters and settlers were much different. Early diaries and letters attest to the fact that the pioneers were impressed by the natural wealth of Kentucky. Colonel Richard Henderson was one day's journey from the site of his Transylvania Settlement, soon to be named Boonesborough, when he wrote "Camp'd that night in the eye of the rich land" in April 1775. Others called the Bluegrass a "second paradise," and a "promised land." But the natural riches were seen as the means to an end, not as a valuable resource. Native plants and animals were treated carelessly and sometimes with contempt.
Settlers cleared the native cane and grasses, even though they provided excellent food for cattle, replacing them with sown timothy and bluegrass. European white clover replaced native clover. Maple trees were carelessly tapped for sap to make maple sugar and died in a few years. Trees were commercially clear-cut from the riverbanks and cliff sides.
In less than 75 years, one person's lifetime, the Bluegrass had changed forever.
|Placed By||The Winchester/Clark County Tourism Commission|
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|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 10:35pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 740942 N 4197146|
|Decimal Degrees||37.88996667, -84.26005000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 53.398', W 84° 15.603'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 53' 23.88" N, 84° 15' 36.18" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 790-1588 State Hwy 1924, Winchester KY 40391, US|
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