“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
Lexington is one of the largest metropolitan areas that isn’t built on a major waterway. The reason for that has more to do with the early settlers than anything…I think (correct me if I’m wrong). They were attracted to a beautiful fresh flowing spring called McConnell Springs. That was in 1775. The town took off, exceeding the spring’s area so that the larger town grew around the middle fork of Elkhorn Creek later renamed, not very creatively, Town Branch. At one time, one could see the whole of Town branch and actually walk along its banks, but I have never seen Town Branch until it re-emerges around the old Pepper Distillery near Old Frankfort Pike and Forbes Road. Through downtown Lexington, Town Branch is buried under Vine Street, and as I understand it, Central Avenue. Before Central Ave, I’m not sure where it goes, though it’s probably under Richmond Road. I suspect our street-side storm drains empty into Town Branch, and the city has made great efforts to curb the pollution finding its way into the stream. There are plans now underway to help Town Branch re-emerge a little closer to downtown. It will be highlighted by a Town Branch Trail of green space, walking paths, dog parks, an amphitheater and the like. It’s a long project but it will be beautiful when it’s done. Whether you’re in Lexington, Kentucky or Lexington, Massachusetts, all drain water flows downstream. Be thoughtful of fish, fowl and your fellow man.