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Billy Joe Fudge: Comments of Green & Greene

Outstanding feature, Green River, is really Green - and apt reason for the name and spelling.
Comments re photo 71917 Scenic Green Co KY What happened to ultimate "e" By Billy Joe Fudge

Although I make no pretense at being a historian, I recognize that many of what are considered to be historical facts are really assumptions based upon closely related facts.

I have no quibble with the origin of the names of Green County and or of Greensburg. I'm sure that those bureaucrats in their far-removed seats of power and authority who were dividing up the land mass of Kentucky into smaller, governable land masses called counties, would have chosen the name Green County based upon the heroic General Greene but....

But I have my own, un-researched and un-educated, if you will, assumptions concerning the name of Green River.

  1. The pioneers who first came into this country chose names of natural landmarks, for the most part, based upon the obvious physical properties of those landmarks. Sulfur Springs, Salt Lick, The Barrens, Muddy Fork, Rock Lick, Oak Grove, and I suggest the same applies to, Green River.

  2. After nearly 30 years of flying fire patrol over our 16 county area of South Central Kentucky (The Great Wooded South) I can assure you that for those who notice such things the first physical property of the Green River that jumps out at you is that it's waters are green. I can also assure you that the pioneers noticed everything because their very lives depended upon "noticing things." All the major tributaries of Green River are not green but the water rushing forth from the headwater springs in the Southern hills of Lincoln County is green and in fact keeps those waters tinted for much of the length of Green River on it\'s trip to the Ohio.

  3. I stumbled upon a reference made on a hunting trip in 1776-1777 by Longhunters, Colonel Isaac Bledsoe, Colonel John Montgomery, Colonel Gasper Mansker, Henry Scaggs, Obediah Terrell, Joseph and Ephraim Drake, and a number others. They were from North Carolina and the upper country of Virginia and described their hunting trip from Crab Orchard across the headwaters of Green River, through the Barrens, across the Big Barren River at the mouth of Drakes Creek (Bowling Green).

  4. In an interesting aside, they mentioned that they made their way South nearly to Cumberland River and turned right. Then with hardly a turn they made their way to the mouth of Drakes Creek. A straight line from that area to the mouth of Drakes Creek would have brought them very close, if not directly through what is now, Columbia.
  5. At any rate, it is obvious that the Green River was already named and in general use 20 years prior to the formation of Green County.

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