Historic Map - Lexington, KY - 1871

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View of Lexington, Fayette County, K.Y., 1871 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This bird’s-eye view print of Lexington, Kentucky was drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Ehrgott & Krebs Lith. Co. in 1871. Lexington was established in 1782 in the heart of Kentucky’s “blue grass” region.

Transylvania University, now called Kentucky University, moved to Lexington in 1789. U. S. statesman Henry Clay taught at the university early in his career. He also owned much land in the area which was farmed.

The raising of stock, including cattle, horses, mules and hogs, was important to the region during that era. Corn and hemp were grown in abundance and processed in Lexington for exportation. The Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington railway served the community as well as the Kentucky Central Railroad.

Lexington’s manufacturing interests included cotton and woolens, paper and tobacco making, gunpowder mills, and iron and brass casting facilities.

Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Lexington.

The image, looking south west, includes labeled streets, buildings and railroad routes. It features inset illustrations of the following:

  • Kentucky University.
  • Hocker’s Female College.
  • Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Features numbered references to the following locations:

  • Court House.
  • Kentucky University.
  • Mechanical & Agricultural College.
  • School Houses.
  • Market House.
  • Fire Engine House.
  • Gas Works.
  • Lexington Cemetery.
  • Henry Clay’s Monument.
  • Kentucky Central R. R. Depot.
  • L. & L. R. R. Depot.
  • Hocker Female College.
  • Sayre Female College.
  • First Baptist Church.
  • Second Baptist Church.
  • Christian Church.
  • Episcopal Church.
  • Methodist North Church.
  • Methodist South Church.
  • First Presbyterian Church.
  • Second Presbyterian Church.
  • Roman Catholic Church.
  • African Baptist Church.
  • African Methodist Church.

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