|North and Middle Forks unite below St. Helens, then join South Fork at Beattyville to form Kentucky River, which flows 255
miles to the Ohio. Kentucky River played primary role In early commerce of Lee Co. Steamboats came to Beattyville, near head
of navigation, and river traffic increased with building of locks and dams. Coal and tImber were shipped to various ports.
Photograph courtesy of John Jones
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