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Program 909

Along Highway 62 (Part 1)
1. Maysville
2. Bullard hard hats
3. Georgetown
4. Midway and Versailles
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Along Highway 62 | Maysville-Versailles | Lawrenceburg-Clarkson | Rosine-Princeton | Eddyville-Wickliffe

Mason County

For more information:
City of Maysville, 216 Bridge Street, Maysville, KY 41056, (606) 564-9411


For the 2003 edition of the annual Kentucky Life TeleFund “road show,” host Dave Shuffett and faithful canine sidekick Sadie headed south and west on U.S. 62, from the new Ohio River bridge at Maysville to Wickliffe on the Mississippi. As always, there were plenty of interesting things to see and people to meet along the way.

The journey begins in Maysville, as Dave follows in the footsteps of innumerable 19th-century travelers for whom this charming Ohio River town was the gateway to the Bluegrass region. As a center of tobacco and hemp sales and a stopover point for steamboats, Maysville was one of the busiest river ports in the country for several decades. Its many antebellum homes reflect that period of growth and prosperity. But in more recent times, the Mason County seat has been a sleepier place, known to the outside world primarily as the hometown of singer/actress Rosemary Clooney.

Times are a-changing again, though, thanks largely to the futuristic William H. Harsha Bridge. Opened to traffic in January 2001, this award-winning bridge is one of only a few cable-stayed bridges in the United States, and the first in Kentucky. Our cameraman shows you the view from the top of one of its 332-foot towers, while our Dave talks with Maysville’s Dave—Mayor David Cartmell—about how the completion of the bridge is bringing a new economic boom to the town and the surrounding region.

Harrison County

For more information:
Bullard, 1898 Safety Way, Cynthiana, KY 41031, (800) 227-0423
History of the hard hat

Cynthiana and Bullard

Cynthiana, seat of Harrison County, is one of the smallest towns in America with a full-time professional firefighting force. Dave stops off at the station to talk with Fire Chief Terry Stinson about the history behind that distinction—and to fulfill a childhood fantasy by sliding down the pole.

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While in Cynthiana, Dave also finds a connection to another dramatic American bridge. When construction workers built San Francisco’s Golden Gate, they wore newfangled hard hats (then called “hard-boiled hats” for the steam used in the manufacturing process) invented by Edward D. Bullard, who ran a mining supply company in New Mexico. In 1972, his heirs moved the Bullard factory to Cynthiana. Headquarters followed in 1991, and the company is still going strong in its “new” Kentucky home. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, Bullard donated more than $175,000 worth of safety equipment to recovery and cleanup workers at Ground Zero in New York and at the Pentagon. CEO Richard Miller recalls that effort and shows some of the company’s other products, which include other safety devices and thermal imaging equipment.

Scott County


As judge executive of Scott County, George Lusby spends his workdays dealing with economic development and other fiscal matters. But he is often spotted at midday, still in suit and tie, indulging in his true calling: fishing. On this visit, the lifelong Georgetown resident talks about some of his favorite fishing spots on Elkhorn Creek and about the columns he writes for the Georgetown News-Graphic.

Woodford County

For more information:
City of Midway, 133 N. Winter St., Midway, KY 40347, (859) 846-4413
Bluegrass Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 27, Versailles, KY 40383, (800) 755-2476

Midway and Versailles

Trains are the focus in Woodford County as we stroll through the town of Midway and head out for an excursion on a scenic railway in nearby Versailles.

Midway, founded in 1832, was a railroad town from the start, built by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The main street was named Depot Street—an active train track still runs right down the middle—while other streets were named for L&N directors. The town itself takes its name from its location midway between Lexington and Frankfort.

Versailles, of course, was named for the town in France, birthplace of the Marquis de Lafayette, by an officer who served under the general in the Revolutionary War. But it also has a long railroad history, and that legacy is reflected at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum. Open from June through October, the museum offers exhibits of vintage train cars and railroad equipment as well as scheduled and charter excursions on several scenic miles of track. Dave goes along on one such excursion while talking with conductor and engineer Charles Bogart about the romance of the rails.

Along Highway 62 | Maysville-Versailles | Lawrenceburg-Clarkson | Rosine-Princeton | Eddyville-Wickliffe

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