Our Seal tells our story
So, what does our City Seal tell us? More than you might think, actually. First of all, there is that color: we're quite proud to be green, to be in the forefront of environmentally sound practices for a city our size. A little-known fact is that Manchester was named Greenville before it was called Manchester. We were, then -- beginning in 1807 -- green before green was cool.
Those two illustrations on the map speak volumes about our history. In the forefront is a pioneer sort leading a team of pack horses loaded with salt. It was salt that was most likely the reason the formation of the county in the first place. Manchester and Clay County was known far outside Kentucky for the volume and quality of the salt being produced at several salt works along Goose Creek beginning in the early 1790s at the site of present-day Manchester. (Click here for a history lesson.) After the Civil War the salt industry died out for several reasons and was replaced by King Coal, especially after the railroad came. The illustration depicts the arrival of the first train in 1917, with the conductor, Byron Reid, leaning jauntily against the front of the train.
In modern times Manchester has become known as the City of Hope owing to its nationally publicized efforts to stamp out drugs and drug dealers. Click here for a graphic representation of the 2004 march that started it all.