Our Southern Highlanders

A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life Among the Mountaineers

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Author: Horace Kephart
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,399 / 243 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.6
LoC Categories: HM, HT
Downloads: 722
Added to site: 2010.03.21
mnybks.net#: 27077
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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water courses, which may be nearly dry when you start out in the morning, but within an hour may be raging torrents. There are no bridges. One may ford a dozen times in a mile. A spring "tide" will stop all travel, even from neighbor to neighbor, for a day or two at a time. Buggies and carriages are unheard of. In many districts the only means of transportation is with saddlebags on horseback, or with a "tow sack" afoot. If the pedestrian tries a short-cut he will learn what the natives mean when they say: "Goin' up, you can might' nigh stand up straight and bite the ground; goin' down, a man wants hobnails in the seat of his pants."

James Lane Allen was not writing fiction when he said of the far-famed Wilderness Road into Kentucky: "Despite all that has been done to civilize it since Boone traced its course in 1790, this honored historic thoroughfare remains to-day as it was in the beginning, with all its sloughs and sands, its mud and holes, and jutting ledges of rock and loose boulders, and twists

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