Maysville Escapes Cholera


Maysville 1873

So much of the epidemic of cholera in 1873 as affected the county of Mason, was confined to the city of Maysville, located upon the south bank of the Ohio river, sixty miles above Cincinnati. Maysville is a city of some importance, being the entrepot ( French for trading centre ) for the greater portion of Northeastern Kentucky, having a considerable tobacco-trade, and being the most extensive hemp-market in the United States. The manufacturing interests are large and growing. According to the census of 1870, Maysville has a population of 4,705 individuals, of whom 681 are negroes. The city is built upon an elevated, well-drained position, at the foot of an extensive range of hills, by which it is nearly encircled. It has daily communication with Cincinnati, Ohio, Parkersburg, and Wheeling, W. Va., and all intermediate points, by river-steamers, and with Lexington, Ky., sixty miles to the southwest, by the Maysville and Lexington Railway. The hills or bluffs in rear of the city are composed, according to Owen's geological survey, entirely of limestone, clay, and marlite. At Maysville, in 1849, cholera remained in force from the month of April until October; and there seemed to be just grounds for apprehending a serious epidemic in 1873, but the city escaped almost entirely.

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