Highway map traces Kentucky’s music culture

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky’s latest official highway map is now available, and it includes specific routes highlighting the state’s music culture.

State transportation officials say the highway map has been a navigation aid for motorists since first published by the Transportation Cabinet in 1929.

They say it has evolved during the years to include information about what Kentucky has to offer in recreation, food, adventure, history and the arts.

The new map says “Kentucky’s musical journey travels many roads.” That rich music culture is traceable along specific routes in Kentucky.

That includes a culture of music traceable along specific routes, such as the U.S. 23 “Country Music Highway” linking birthplaces of such stars as Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Tyler Childers and others.

The map also notes Kentucky natives Bill Monroe, father of Bluegrass Music; balladeer John Jacob Niles; famed folk singer Jean Ritchie; country’s Merle Travis; rockers Don and Phil Everly, and “newgrass” pioneer Sam Bush.
“Highway maps are a staple in transportation as drivers still enjoy the comfort of having a traditional navigational tool and visitors can also get a snapshot of our state,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray.

“Local tourism centers, welcome centers and state parks often serve as our first opportunity to interact with travelers and connect them to the adventures that Kentucky tourism has to offer,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “The Kentucky highway map has a long history of merging transportation and tourism together to help navigate travelers directly to tourism attractions across the Commonwealth.”

Kentucky’s 2020-2021 Official Highway Map is available at welcome centers, rest areas, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky State Parks. Orders of up to 10 printed maps can be made online; however, requesters should expect a delay in shipment due to COVID-19.

To view a video about the Official Highway Map by Secretary Gray and Secretary Berry, click here. To view or download an electronic version of the Official Highway Map, county maps or city maps, visit KYTC’s website.

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