Population: Winchester — 18,500; Clark County — 36,000
Distance from Lexington: Winchester is about 23 mines from Lexington.
Known for: Ale-8-One, the Kentucky soda pop that was created in 1926 and is still bottled there today.
Brief history: Clark County is named for Revolutionary War hero, Gen. George Rogers Clark and became the ninth county in 1792.
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Don't miss: Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve includes 338 acres and is home to populations of federally endangered plants, state rare plants and irreplaceable historical and archaeological features. It was established in 2000. Guided tours are available. Call (859) 744-4888.