Following the Revolutionary War, a few venturesome distillers left Pennsylvanie, then the chief center of the distilling industry, and migrated down the Ohio River. One of their first stops was at a junction with the old "Buffalo Trace," the overland trail to the south and west. Here in the original Bourbon County, still a part of Virginia (now Mason County, Kentucky) the settlement of Limestone Landing sprung up. What is often said to be the first distillery in Kentucky was set up about the year 1790, very near the present site of the Pogue Distillery. Limestone Landing soon became known as the "Gateway to the South," because of its location on the steep slopes of the limestone hills forming the entrance to the Blue Grass Country. With the admission of Kentucky to the Union, it was renamed Maysville. In old Bourbon County, pioneer distillers discovered that the Indian corn and limestone water of this region made a product so fine that it was easily distinguishable from other spirits. Ever since, "Bourbon" whiskey, named after the original Bourbon County, has been a universal favorite in the distilled spirits field. While many of the old distilleries have ceased to exist, the original Pogue location still occupies an important place in the traditional industry of the historic Kentucky limestone country.
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