Founded by Billy Johnson in 1998, the Ashland, KY personal injury lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm have helped individuals in Eastern Kentucky and across the state whose lives have been affected by the negligent actions of others.
Located on the southern bank of the Ohio River, Ashland is a home rule-class city that has over 360,000 residents. This beautiful place, steeped in history and full of small town charm, plays an integral role in today’s economy and the future of northeast Kentucky. Part of the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the state, it is also the largest city in Boyd County.
Members of the Poage family from the Shenandoah Valley first settled the region in 1786, and it remained an extended-family community until the mid-1800s. By then, it had grown exponentially due to the development of the pig-iron industry. Rich deposits of iron ore were mined from the farmland and made into a variety of products. The importance of the industry spawned the formation of the Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company, and persuaded the Lexington & Big Sandy Railroad to run its rails to “Poage’s Settlement.” A grander name was needed for this thriving spot, which led to the suggestion of “Ashland” after the estate of respected statesman Henry Clay. The name was accepted in 1854, and the city was formally incorporated two years later.
Industrial progress continued with Ashland Iron Furnace, Norton Iron Works, the furniture factory of H. Hermann, Ashland Firebrick Works, Ashland Hub & Spoke Factory, Ashland Foundry & Machine Shops, Armco (now AK Steel), the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, Semet-Solvay (part of Allied Chemical & Dye Company), and Mansbach Steel. Started locally in 1924, the Ashland Oil and Refining Company is now a Fortune 500 company known simply as Ashland Inc. King’s Daughters Medical Center, the city’s largest employer, with over 4,000 workers, is the fourth largest hospital in the state. Its present capacity of 465 beds represents enormous growth over its humble beginnings as a three-room emergency hospital over a drug store.
Ashland features more than 20 locations on the National Register of Historic Places including the Ashland Armory, the Culbertson House, the Nando Felty Saloon, the Henry Clay Hotel, and the Indian Burial Grounds in Central Park. Both the Ashland Commercial Historic District and the Bath Avenue Historic District have a number of unique offerings. Chief among them is the Paramount Arts Center, which first opened in 1931 at one-third its originally intended size, scaled back due to the demands of the Great Depression. Home to a ghost named Joe, the Paramount was one of the first transitional theatres built for “talking pictures.” It has seating for 1,400 people and, with an average of 120 performances per year, estimated economic impact to the community that exceeds $4 million annually.
Visitors of all ages can interact with working artists at the Pendleton Art Center and celebrate Northeastern Kentucky culture at the Jesse Stuart Foundation. History and heritage join together at the Country Music Heritage Hall in the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. The exhibit showcases 12 local musicians who have gone to the national stage, including Ashland-born recording acts the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Keith Whitley. Students can enroll in one of the multiple Ashland Community and Technical College campuses or the Morehead State University satellite campus.
With its bold “Port of Ashland” sign, redesigned Riverfront park is a popular place for boating and picnicking. Downtown Ashland hosts Poage Landing Days each fall in an effort to promote the area’s commercial, cultural, and social welfare. Live music, an antique car show, and activities for kids are featured. Central Park, founded in 1854 and well known for its walking/jogging trails, playgrounds, and pond, is also home to the Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival. Held annually from mid-November to mid-December, events include a parade, train rides, and visits with Santa.
There’s a lot to love about Ashland, including the original Ashland Bank Building, which is built to New York City height and style standards and serves as a reminder of what city leaders hoped it would become. Whether you are a resident or are just passing through, it’s our goal at the Johnson Law Firm to help you enjoy the area safely and to protect your rights if someone has harmed you.
The next time you have a question about car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, nursing home negligence, workplace injury, premises liability, wrongful death or any personal injury, contact us for a free, confidential consultation. Call us at 606-437-4488, fill out our online form, or stop by to find out why the Johnson Law Firm is known as the “nicest place in town.”
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