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ASHLAND, a city of Boyd county, Kentucky, U.S.A., on the
Ohio river, about 130 m. E. by N. of Frankfort. Pop. (1890)
4195; (1900) 6800 (489 negroes); (1910) 8688. It is served by
the Chesapeake & Ohio (being a terminal of the Lexington and
Big Sandy Divisions) and the Norfolk & Western railways, and
is connected with Huntington, West Virginia, by an electric line.
The city has a fine natural park (Central Park) of about 30
acres; and Clyffeside Park (maintained by a private corporation),
of about 75 acres, just east of the city, is a pleasure resort and a
meeting-ground (with a casino seating 3000 people) for the
Tri-State “Chautauqua” (for certain parts of Kentucky, Ohio
and West Virginia). The surrounding country abounds in coal,
iron ore, oil, clay, stone and timber, for which the city is a
distributing centre. Ashland has considerable river traffic,
and various manufactures, including pig iron, nails, wire rods,
steel billets, sheet steel, dressed lumber (especially poplar),
furniture, fire brick and leather. Ashland was settled in 1854,
and was chartered as a city in 1870.
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