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Ashland Overview

Ashland, KY is a picturesque blue collar town of close to 24,000 people, with rolling hills all around, and the Ohio River marking its northern boundary. . It is located in the northeastern part of the state, where West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky converge.
Ashland was first settled in 1786 by the Poage family, and for the next 60 years they, and their extended family, were pretty much it. But, Ashland’s location on the Ohio River and the proximity of iron mines gave rise to the steel industry there. By the early 20th century American Rolling Mill Company (later Armco) was a major employer. Armco still has a manufacturing plant in Ashland, but it’s hey day has past.

The city has four distinct seasons, with the summers being hot and humid, and winter’s generally mild. Late spring and early fall are particularly pleasant times to visit, with the vibrant colors each season brings. The city is serviced by all major fast food restaurants and hotel chains. There are numerous casual dining restaurants and many locally owned restaurants as well. Major crime is a rarity. US 23 and US 60 are the two main highways servicing Ashland, with I-64 passing to the south, but feeding US 60 to Ashland.

The city is home to Country-Western singers The Judds, and actress Ashley Judd. C/W singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus (& father of Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana) grew up in nearby Flatwoods. Ashland has several cultural events, fairs, and carnivals during the calendar year.

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