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Ashland, Kentucky, USA

Ashland dates back to the migration of the Poage family from the Shenandoah Valley via the Cumberland Gap in 1786. They erected a homestead along the Ohio River and named it Poage's Landing. Also called Poage Settlement, the community that developed around it remained an extended-family affair until the mid-19th century. In 1854, the city name was changed to Ashland, after Henry Clay's Lexington estate and to reflect the city's growing industrial base. The city's early industrial growth was a result of Ohio's pig iron industry and, particularly, the 1854 charter of the Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company by the Kentucky General Assembly. The city was formally incorporated by the General Assembly two years later in 1856. Major industrial employers in the first half of the 20th Century included Armco, Ashland Oil and Refining Company, the C&O Railroad, Allied Chemical & Dye Company's Semet Solvay, and Mansbach Steel.

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Miss Agnes L Goddard, Principal, Ashland, Ky.

Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898

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Greenup Ave., Business Section, Ashland, KY.

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Henry Clay Hotel, Ashland, KY.

"The Henry Clay Hotel opened in the 1930's as a luxury hotel and closed in 1975. The building was completely renovated and the hotel's individual rooms were converted into 52 apartments..."

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C. & O. Passenger Station, Ashland, Ky.

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