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King Salomon of Kentucky
Thread poster: Hang Nguyen-Padfield
Hang Nguyen-Padfield  Identity Verified
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Jun 23, 2002

Is there any one know what are the meanings of \"Athens of the West\" and \"Kentucky Birmingham\" in this paragraph:



\"Down on Water Street, near where now stands a railway station, Hugh Lonney, urging that the fear of cholera was not the only incentive to cleanliness, had just fitted up a sumptuous bathhouse, where cold and shower baths might be had at twelve and a half cents each, or hot ones at three for half a dollar.

Yes, the summer of 1833 was at hand , and there must be new pleasures, new luxuries; for Lexington was the Athens of the West and the Kentucky Birmingham\"



This is an extract from the short story \"King Salomon of Birmingham\" by James Lane Allens.



Thank you in advance for your help,

Hang



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Henry Dotterer
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Try kudoz english<>english Jun 23, 2002

This would be asked most effectively using KudoZ.

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cheungmo
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Seems pretty straightforward to me Jun 24, 2002

Its comparing Lexington, Kentucky, to Athens, Georgia, not Athens, Greece. Birmingham is in Alabama.



People tend to view the world from the perspective of what\'s nearby. There\'s a town in New Brunswick called \"La Mecque\". \"Mecca\", the town of yearly pilgrimages for muslims, is called \"La Mecque\" in French. When I was a young child, I used to wonder why all those Arabs would come to New Brunswick to say their prayers.



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alitalia
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culture and trade Jun 26, 2002

I believe they are references to the city\'s vitality in culture (Athens) and trade/industry (Birmingham)

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alitalia
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a bit of history of Lexington Jun 26, 2002

\"Daniel Boone was one of the first Anglo-Saxons to explore the Bluegrass area. Kentucky\'s first forts were established in Harrodsburg and Boonesborough. Lexington was founded in 1775, 17 years before Kentucky became a state. By 1820, it was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle, Lexington gained the nickname \"Athens of the West.\" Within a day\'s drive of 75% of the population of the United States,

Lexington is strategically located at the Intersection of interstates 64 and 75. Lexington is accessible by air with approximately 100 direct and nonstop flights.\"



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