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History: Town Branch Grid

"Many mid-western cities are laid out on a grid oriented to the four principal directions. Lexington’s grid, and its designations of North Limestone and East Main Street are curiously askew from those compass directions. The city originally [founded in 1775] was oriented along the banks of the Middle Fork of the Elkhorn, also known as Town Fork or Town Branch. But this stream along which the town initially was laid out is now nowhere to be seen.”


Excerpt from Zina Merkin’s, The Disappearance of Town Branch, November 2001

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