Why is that street named…?

A sampler of stories about Lexington streets & roads

Lexington, Kentucky scene as captured by drone

Who decides? Historically, street names typically signified landmarks (Higbee Mill), people (Patterson) or topography (High Street). Today, most residential roads have been named by developers.

Limestone – Originally called Mulberry Street, the road was renamed to signify its route to Limestone, KY (now known as Maysville).

Jingle Bell Lane – American Tree & Wreath produced 700,000 artificial Christmas trees annually at its plant here.

Corral Street – A corrall once stood behind what was the old Greyhound bus station during the Civil War.

Florida Street – Intended to be called “Mill Street Continued,” itinerant painters had a different idea. They repainted the sign to read “Florida” and the name stuck.

Retrac Road – Developed during the Carter administrations, the new street honored the president by using his name- backwards.

St. Anthony, St. Mathilda, St. Phillip – These saintly drives in Idle Hour were named for the developer’s family members- with the “St.” added before each moniker.

Picadome – The original Picadome High School stood at the site of the current elementary. The high school (c. 1889) was named for two men involved in education at that time: Joseph PIckett, M.A. CAssidy, and two trustees named DOuglas and MEyers.

Gladman Way, Weber Way, & More – Developer Ted Osborne was heavily involved with Bluegrass Kiwanis and named newly-developed roads for past Kiwanis International leaders.

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