In the mid 19th century, several roads existed allowing horse and wagon travel throughout the Northern Kentucky Region. These early roads were simple dirt paths used to move people and goods. The Banklick Pike was like many of these roads in the region.
Originally cut by herds of Bison, Native Americans named this path the Warrior Trail. During the Revolutionary War it was known as part of Bird’s War Road. By the 1850s, much of the road was settled. This led to many residents along the route to create businesses catering to travelers. One such business was the Latonia Springs Hotel, also known as Lettonian Springs, founded by Robert Letton in 1829.
In 1900, the road was transformed from dirt to paved concrete and became known as Kentucky Route 17, a state highway which now runs from US 27 in unincorporated Pendleton County to the Kentucky/Ohio border in Covington.
Known locally as the 3L Highway, part of this road is encompassed by the southern most portion of the city of Covington. Annexed by the city in the 1960’s, it is the largest neighborhood within the city limits. The streets are laid out in a typical modern suburban design with curvilinear patterns and cul-de-sacs.
Many of the homes were built in the area in the 1970s within short distance to the I-275 loop. Because of its more recent development, its population continues to grow. It has since become Covington’s most populated community.
Pioneer Park, a 43 acre park centrally located off of Ky 17 along Banklick Creek serves the communities recreational needs. The park consists of 2 shelter-houses, playgrounds, Kenton Paw Park, Paved Walking/Biking Trails, soccer fields, and the Francisco Cordero Baseball Field which was dedicated in 2011 through the generous donation of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund.