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Knobs

A Story of Stringtown County, Kentucky

By
John Uri Lloyd

Author of “Stringtown on the Pike,"
"Etidorhpa,"

;" “ The Right Side
of the Car,” etc.

With Photographic Illustrations

of the Knob Country

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New York
Dodd, Mead & Company

1901

AL 2377. 3.80

Harvard College Library
Nov. 19, 1914

Gift of
Luther 8. Livingston,

of Cambridge

Copyright, 1901,
By DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved.

THE BURR PRINTING HOUSE,

NEW YORK,

PREFACE

REPEATED and persistent questionings concerning the section of our country introduced by these Stringtown Novels must be the author's justification for the following somewhat personal ascription. This land is not, as many persons suppose, a creation of the imagination. It is as real as boyhood home can be to the man whose nearest and dearest ties of love and kinship have ever been therein. The scenes are laid in picturesque Boone (Stringtown) County, Kentucky, where are to be found exceptionally fertile soil, magnificent scenery, and features of rare interest to historians as well as to naturalists, some of which may be briefly noted.

Passing from Cincinnati down the gorge that marks the great bend in the Ohio River, we reach the glacier cliffs known as "Knobley" and "Split

Rock,” which, below Petersburg, lie on the Kentucky side of the river adjacent to the mouth of Woolper Creek. It was here that the buffalo roads from the north and the west crossed the Ohio, and here, near this famous paradise of the red hunter, the Indians were lying in ambush the ill-fated day in 1781 that the massacre of Colonel Loughrey and his troops took place. From Knobley to Hamilton, Kentucky, the Ohio runs practically south. Between these points, to the west, lie the rugged hills or knobs (Warwick's country) in and among which flow Middlecreek, Gunpowder and Big Bone creeks, their branches all heading in the high interior ridge, along the crest of which runs the Lexington and Covington (Stringtown) pike. This formation is all of fossil limestone. Against these knobs the Arctic glaciers expended their energies, and to a distance of from three to six miles inland may be found glacier débris, often on the very top of the heights. Thus it is that granite boulders and gravel from the far north overlie the uplifted native formation, while above the bases of some of the knobs, in the sands that possibly formed the shore of the ancient ocean, lie extensive beds of concretions

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