VRAIL Stage 9

This stage brought me through a county seat, and the biggest settlement so far, 50 miles across the state. Mt. Sterling is the county seat of Brown County, complete with its classic courthouse, classic post office and the oldest county fair in the state.

The courthouse was built in 1868 but mostly destroyed by a fire in 1939. The portico and front columns survived the fire, which is why they’re just sitting out there without serving a structural purpose.

Mt. Sterling is also the home to one of the largest food distribution companies in the U.S. If you’ve ever seen one of these trucks with the blue DOT logo, it came from Brown County. DOT is the 65th largest company in the U.S. according to Forbes, based in a town of 2,500 people.

Photo by Dwight Burdette, from Wikipedia

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