"Valley View, Kentucky" Valley View by Krumlovgirl

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Valley View is a small village in Madison County along KY 169 and Tates Creek just south of the Kentucky River. The name probably came from the view from the top of the hill on the Fayette county side of the river. The town was started in 1891 and for a long time it was a center of lumber production, using logs brought down the river from eastern Kentucky. The community grew around John Craig's (now the name of the boat that acts as the ferry) ferry, which began operating in 1785. It is now the oldesst buisiness in Kentucky and the only operating ferry for miles.. The post office operated from 1891 until 1957. At its heydey, it had more than 1,000 residents, which is kind of hard to believe when you look at it today.

The Three Forks Railroad, also called the "Riney-B" (Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine, and Beattyville), entered Madison County at Valley View, crossed the river just west of the Valley View ferry crossing. Today, the only thing you can see are the concrete pillars that at one time held it up.

Cassius Clay trivia: This is where Cassius Clay’s second wife Dora was from. She was fourteen-he was in his nineties. Although her home no longer stands (this WAS over one hundred years ago) those of us who are Clay-ites (obsessed with Cassius history) like to take a moment to remember the young girl when we drive through the town.

  • Last visit to Valley View: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 14, 2006
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