Images of America: Lewis County

Author: Dr. William M. Talley and Paula Franke

Lewis County, located in far northeastern Kentucky, was formed in 1806 and named for explorer Meriwether Lewis. The country was once teeming with industry as a supplier of finished goods and agricultural product. Historically, the county’s proximity to the Ohio River allowed the export of timber and salt, and in the 1800s railroad transportation made Lewis County an influential source of railroad ties, boat-building materials, and barrels. In later years, the area was most popular for its health resorts, spas, and “sulfur waters,” which attracted visitors from as far as New York and Chicago. The images in this volume depict the county’s military influence, as Lewis Countians had strong allegiance to the Union during the Civil War. The photographs featured in Images of America: Lewis County have been drawn from the archive of the Vanceburg Depot Museum and from various private collections.