Among the highest priorities for new residents was to determine if their chosen homestead could provide the fertile soil and fresh water they needed to sustain life and service their agricultural needs. Kentucky, with its underlying base of predominantly limestone rock—perfectly suited to the natural formation of caves, sinking streams, and springs of cool water—proved the ideal location on which to build their new lives.
In Bluegrass Paradise: Royal Spring and the Birth of Georgetown, Kentucky, author Gary A. O'Dell tells the story of the Royal Spring, the largest spring in central Kentucky. Practical and essential to the creation of a successful settlement, the spring and its location became the primary reason pioneers would eventually congregate here and found the city of Georgetown as one of the earliest Kentucky communities. In the ensuing 250 years, the Royal Spring has faithfully served the water needs of the community and the locale remains a cherished cultural and historical asset that provides greenspace within a rapidly growing city.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)|
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Table of Contents1. From Wilderness to City
2. The New Frontier
3. Bluegrass Paradise
4. A "Goodly Land"
5. The Land of Springs
6. Floyd's Spring
7. McClelland's Station
8. Serving God and Mammon: Elijah Craig and Lebanon Town
9. "Clear Beautiful Spring Water"
10. Blue Grass Park and the Civil War
11. The Water Works
12. Who Owns Royal Spring?
13. "Gulping Down Royal Spring Sewage": Water Quality and Sanitation
14. Protecting Royal Spring
15. "All that is unsightly in Georgetown seems to have gravitated toward it"
16. Royal Spring Park