Bullitt County History

Road Incorporations in 1869

In Bullitt County's first century, roads were primarily worn dirt paths or plank roads which required frequent repair. However, from time to time, groups of people would petition the Kentucky General Assembly for the right of incorporation to build a proposed turnpike, usually of gravel, from one location to another. These would be toll roads if ever constructed. While some of them were successful, others were not.

In 1869, at least five such corporations were organized. Brief descriptions are given below, along with links to pages that contain full transcriptions of their articles of incorporation.

The Shepherdsville, Bullitt's Lick, and Pitt's Point Turnpike Road Company was organized on 26 Jan 1869 by A. C. Kennison, Wesley Phelps, Jno. W. Glenn. J. D. Bryan, and Jas. Shepherd for the purpose of constructing a turnpike road from Shepherdsville to Pitt's Point.

The Shepherdsville and Mt. Washington Turnpike Road Company was organized on 13 Feb 1869 by Westly Phelps, Dr. S. H. McKay, John T. Bridges, Janus W. Stallings, Thomas J. Hall, Wm. W. Hall, Austin Hough, and Dr. S. M. Hobbs for the purpose of constructing a turnpike from Shepherdsville to Mt. Washington, and from Mt. Washington to intersect with the Shelbyville pike.

The Shepherdsville and Cedar Grove Church Company was organized on 15 Feb 1869 by Charles Lee, Wilhite Carpenter, H. O. Maraman. Jas. Y. Pope. W. P. Simmons, Myron S. Combs, D. J. Weller, Noell Simmons, and Richard H. O. Simmons for the purpose of building a turnpike from the town of Shepherdsville to the Cedar Grove Church.

The Blue Lick Turnpike Road Company was organized on 24 Feb 1869 by W. B. M. Brooks, J. H. Huber, George N. Saunders. Dr. B. F. McCauley, James McCauley, and Jordan Gilmore for the purpose of building a turnpike road leading from the Louisville and Shepherdsville turnpike road, at or near the point where the New Cut road leading from Shepherdsville to Louisville intersects it, and running thence with or near the New Cut road to the old coal bank; thence to the school-house near H. B. North's; thence with or near the old county road to the gap in the knob.

The Shepherdsville, Bardstown Junction, and Pitt's Point Turnpike Road Company was organized on 3 Mar 1869 by Robert Greenwell, William Dawson, Leander Lee, J. P. McAfee, A. H. Bowman, J. F. Smith, and Henry Trunnell for the purpose of building a turnpike road from Shepherdsville to Pitt's Point, by way of Bardstown Junction.

Earlier on 31 Oct 1868, an election was held, pursuit to an earlier incorporation of the Bullitt County Plank Road Company, and Jilson P. Johnson was elected president with H. C. Crist and George C. Shanklin as managers of the company. Then on 22 Jan 1869, the Bullitt County Turnpike Road Company, previously known as the Bullitt County Plank Road Company, was incorporated with these officers. Their purpose was to construct a road from the Jefferson county line to the town of Shepherdsville.


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