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Ashland (Images of America: Kentucky)

James Powers

Resting on the banks of the Ohio River, Ashland is eastern Kentucky’s largest city. After the Poage family settled on land between Hoods and Keys Creeks in Boyd County, the area came to be known as the Poage’s Settlement. Before long, a small town began to take form in the early 1800s with the establishment of a church, gristmill, sawmill, and homes built near Hoods Creek. In 1847, the townspeople built their first post office, and the Lexington and Big Sandy Railroad laid tracks through town, opening the area for even greater development. Named for the estate of Kentuckian Henry Clay, the city of Ashland was made official by an act of legislature in 1856.

Ashland (MA) (Images of America)

Edward A. Maguire

The beginning of the exciting history of Ashland was rooted in the development of farms and mills to utilize the waters of the Sudbury River. Ashland's fortunes grew as industries changed from small gristmill and sawmill operations to paper and cotton mills, boot and shoe factories. Because of Bostonís thirst for drinking water, Ashland soon lost its rights to the Sudbury River. This put the town in decline until small industrial plants came in and with them, growth resumed. With the Warren Telechron Company, the town became the birthplace and home of electric timekeeping. It is still referred to as Clocktown, and its sports teams are nicknamed Clockers. Ashland follows this historical development with over two hundred vintage images, many of which have rarely been seen before. Through photographs beyond memory and others that many may recall, meet the people of this great town and see the buildings and events that make up this incredible story. Ashland takes the reader on a journey from the days of its early settlement, through its development into the village of Unionville and its incorporation into the town of Ashland, to its twentieth-century growth and revival.

Ashland (VA) (Images of America)

Dale Paige Talley

In 1837, the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad laid its iron-capped wooden rails from Richmond to Aquia Creek. There, passengers could meet a stagecoach that would transport them to the railroad-owned steamship line and cruise up the Potomac to Washington. In between their outset and destination was a boggy, overgrown area known as the Slashes, which seemed the perfect rest stop for weary travelers during the 1850s. The region was renamed Ashland, after native son Henry Clay’s home in Kentucky. By 1867, the Civil War had brought economic collapse and a resultant depression, and as a town that had relied on revenue from gambling, horseracing, and other leisure activities, Ashland faced serious challenges to its very existence. Randolph-Macon College, originally in Mecklenburg County, made a deal with Ashland that would save both the town and the nation’s oldest Methodist college by reestablishing its campus along their railroad tracks.

Ashland (Images of America)

Christine H. Box

Ashland, first known as Uniontown, was established in 1815 on a trail blazed and traveled largely by Native Americans in a setting covered by primitive trees nestled in the heart of Ohio. Growing from a single street of dust in the summer and mud in the winter, the town expanded from its agricultural roots to become the hub of industrial Ohio. With the introduction of the railroad, Ashland was escalated to the forefront of the manufacturing giants. By 1915, the little city with big vision saw spectacular achievements and inventions fall on the heels of one another, leading the world in the production of pumps, balloons, animal remedies, and auto jacks. Ashland’s past is remembered and admired today by a new generation, which has brought economic change to a city that still carries a big vision for its future.

Ashland, Oregon, Day Trips

Barbara Tricarico

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many wonder, "What else can we do while in town?" The answer lies in this book, a photographic essay of natural, historic, and iconic sites within a three-hour drive. Fifty-five area photographers capture notable landmarks such as Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, giant redwoods, the Klamath Wildlife Refuge, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. On-the-road and armchair travelers alike are invited to take in the idiosyncratic culture of towns such as Jacksonville, Yreka, Bandon, and Brookings. There's plenty here for history buffs, too. Readers are invited to savor the culture and biodiversity of Ashland, but also step out into its spectacular surroundings.

Ashland (Images of America)

Joe Peterson

What is known as Ashland today was historically less of a destination than a crossroads. Native Americans had passed through the valley for centuries, often establishing small villages. Farmers in search of new lands followed the Applegate Trail, bringing their wagons through the area on their way north to the fertile Willamette Valley. Gold seekers, coming and going to California, or on their way to the nearby tent town called Table Rock City (Jacksonville), came through as well. A handful of men, though, some fresh from the California goldfields, sought a more stable way of making a living and decided that outfitting those afflicted with gold fever might prove more profitable. Over time, mills, a Chautauqua, a lithia water experiment, a railroad terminal, a college, and finally an award-winning Shakespeare festival with an eight-and-a-half-month season, coupled with numerous “best places to retire” articles, have culminated in Ashland becoming a destination in itself.

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate (Images of America)

Eric Brooks

On September 13, 1804, Henry Clay entered into an agreement to purchase 125 acres on Todd’s Road just outside the city limits of Lexington, Kentucky. With this transaction, Clay began the creation of one of Lexington’s most important sites. Over the next two centuries, Ashland would be home to five generations of one of Kentucky’s first families. Ashland would also be the source of some of Kentucky’s finest horses; the location of a small but important Civil War skirmish; the birthplace of the state’s flagship university; the home to one of the state’s first museums; one of Lexington’s first subdivisions; and finally a National Historic Landmark. Many books have been written about Henry Clay, Ashland’s creator and most important resident, but this is the first to tell the story of his beloved farm and personal retreat.

Ashland, Huntington, Ironton, and Portsmouth Through Time (America Through Time)

Terry L. Baldridge

River, iron, and rail when intertwined make up a rope that links the tri-state river cities of Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; Ironton, Ohio; and Portsmouth, Ohio. The Ohio River provided a quicker and convenient way for the pre-industrial settlers in eastern United States to move westward in their unending search for land, riches, and prominence. Iron manufacturing in the Hocking Valley brought jobs and stability that seemed at the time as inexhaustible as the sun itself. The railroads brought further wealth to the hills and deep valleys where at one time farming had been the major source of income. Huntington is the largest of the area cities. The population is now approaching 50,000 inhabitants.

The Siskiyou Peaks Trail: From Ashland, OR to Mt Shasta, CA - Thru the Klamath Knot

Aria Zoner

The Siskiyou Peaks Trail, or SPT, is a 448-mile backpacking journey that crosses 7 unique wilderness areas. In each one, the highest summit point is attained. Most of these summits are up and over, requiring a hike thru. The SPT is an incredible adventure that visits a diversity of ecosystems.

No advanced mountaineering equipment or specialty training is required to complete this route in the summer; however, basic rock scrambling and navigation skills are.

Backpacking across the rugged Siskiyou Mountains while connecting each wilderness highpoint is a wild and invigorating experience. Be prepared before setting out by using this guidebook to the fullest.

This official guidebook provides you with a full set of detailed and updated maps plus complete logistics for the trail, including:

- Safety Concerns - First-hand Tips & Advice - Resupplies & Farmer's Markets - Water & Spring Sources - Bonus Summits - Historic Shelters - Options For Nearby Features

Wilderness areas high-pointed on this trail include:

- Red Buttes Wilderness - Siskiyou Wilderness - Marble Mountain Wilderness - Russian Wilderness - Trinity Alps Wilderness - Castle Crags Wilderness - Mt Shasta Wilderness

The Siskiyou Peaks Trail Official Guidebook has been published to be used as a template for an official Siskiyou Peaks National Scenic Trail.

The Siskiyou Peaks Trail was pioneered solely by Aria Zoner and was first successfully thru-hiked in 2013, in 26 days. To learn more about this monumental effort, and for updates in the future for this guidebook, visit: www.siskiyoupeakstrail.org

Ashland, Oregon

David Vokac

Ashland, Oregon-where the palms meet the pines-may well be the classic prototype for The Great Towns of America. Favorable geography, thoughtful development, and a lot of good fortune combine to make this town an idyllic enclave of culture and recreation amid alpine grandeur. This unique vacation/relocation guide, completely new in 2012, reveals Ashland's top restaurants, attractions, and lodgings; and goes into detail about the town's weather and data pertaining to what it's like to live there. Before you go and while you're there, this guide can provide all the information you will need to make plans and fulfill your dreams about this delightful locale.

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