Kentucky town boosts tourism through art

STANFORD, Ky. (WTVQ) – A small town in Kentucky wants people to visit and take pictures!

Wednesday, the city of Stanford unveiled a new mural, painted by local artist Kirby Stafford, on Main Street. The mural is inspired by the town’s history of hospitality, and celebrates its legacy as the second-oldest city in Kentucky. Stanford was founded in 1775, 17 years before Kentucky officially became a state.

“I have lived in Stanford for 25 years, and I’ve been the mayor for approximately nine months, and this is one of the friendliest towns in the state of Kentucky–if not America–and we’ve got a lot of practice since we’re older than Kentucky!” said Mayor Dalton Miller

Stanford’s newest addition is part of a broader tourism effort to attract visitors to cities along the Mountain Parkway and Red River Gorge areas. The mural intends to draw visitors through its photo-worthy design.

“I just welcome everybody to come to Stanford. See our wonderful fort that we’re rebuilding, and see everything else that’s going on. Eat at the Bluebird Cafe–it’s a great restaurant. Just come and see the friendliest people in the state!” said Miller.

The unveiling was hosted by Wilderness Road Hospitality, whose mission is to revitalize Stanford’s downtown. The mural is located on the side of the former County Attorney’s office on Main Street.

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