Zero Milestone of the Jeff Davis Highway.

Zero Milestone of the Jeff Davis Highway

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Fairview, Kentucky

Jefferson Davis was the first and only President of the Confederacy. During the Civil War most Southerners didn't much like him, but by 1930 -- long after he was dead -- Davis had been reinvented as a worthy leader of the Lost Cause.

When the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway was designated, Southern partisans saw it as a challenge. They defiantly designated their own rival coast-to-coast Jefferson Davis Highway, and its Zero Milestone stands on the spot that tradition says was occupied by the log cabin in which Davis was born.

According to the plaque bolted to it, Davis was a "Patriot, Soldier, Statesman, Christian," as well as President of the Confederate States of America.

The Zero Milestone of Davis's arch-rival, the United States, stands in Washington, DC.

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Zero Milestone of the Jeff Davis Highway

Jefferson Davis State Park

Address:
Jefferson Davis Rd, Fairview, KY
Directions:
On the south side of Jefferson Davis Rd (formerly the Jefferson Davis Hwy) just east of its intersection with Pembroke Rd. The milestone stands behind a low rock wall, beneath some trees, on the grounds of Jefferson Davis State Park.
Admission:
Free
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