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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Holiday drives

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

As we cruised around Carter County this weekend, taking in the events and grimacing at the rising gas prices, we thought back about the work to get the Midland Trail, between Morehead and Ashland – and more importantly to Carter County, between Olive Hill and Grayson – open and ready for the public. As weekend traffic was detoured on Friday along part of that historic route due to an accident on I-64, we thought even more about the importance of that road, and decided to look for a follow-up from our earlier stories. What we found was that by 1920 they were happy with the progress and optimistic the road would be finished from the Rowan to Boyd County lines by the end of the year. 

Of course, if you wanted to drive on that new road, you would need a car, and if you needed a car it looks like Ford had you covered, no matter your need. You could go for the touring car at only $355. A princely sum for the era, to be sure, but a bargain for the convenience of a modern automobile. 

If the touring car didn’t suit you, and you had the money for something a little more grand, you could always consider the Ford sedan. At $660, it was quite a bit more expensive, but “complete satisfaction” was guaranteed. Who can argue with that? 

Of course, if you just needed something to replace your workhorse, you could always go with a Ford truck. At $445 a one-ton Ford truck could meet all your farm and delivery needs. 

And while cars, then and now, aren’t without their troubles and expenses, at least you wouldn’t end up like the poor blacksmith, Charles Gee. You might have to change a flat, or break down on the side of the road, but that beats getting kicked in the face while putting shoes on a horse!

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