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Maysville in Mason County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hemp in Kentucky / Hemp in Mason County

 
 
Hemp in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 10, 2015
1. Hemp in Kentucky Marker
Inscription.

Hemp in Kentucky
First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky. production largest in U.S. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, with value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. State's largest cash crop until 1915. Market lost to imported jute, freed of tariff. As war measure, hemp grown again during World War II. See over.

Hemp in Mason County
The only major hemp-producing Ky. county outside the Blue Grass area. The 1810 crop income was $70,000. Maysville second to Louisville in finished hemp products, 1830s. Nicholas Arthur's factory, using horsepower, was one of several ropewalks, long buildings for spiral winding of hemp fibers. It processed yearly 600,000 lbs. of rope worth $41,000. See over.
 
Erected 1968 by the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1165.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 37.441′ N, 83° 48.257′ W. Marker is in Maysville, Kentucky, in Mason County. Marker is on Business Route 68 0.2 miles east of Clarks Run Road, on the
Hemp in Mason County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 10, 2015
2. Hemp in Mason County Marker
left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: U.S. Highway 68 (Bus), Maysville KY 41056, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander W. Doniphan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mefford's Fort (approx. half a mile away); Paxton Inn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Washington Courthouse Site" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Johnston Birthplace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Washington Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Stage-Mail Route (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Maysville.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWar, World II
 
Marker located near Maysville Community & Technical College.(background) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 10, 2015
3. Marker located near Maysville Community & Technical College.(background)
View west on U.S. Highway 62. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 10, 2015
4. View west on U.S. Highway 62.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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