The Buffalo Trace distillery was built in 1857, and was the first in America to make use of steam power. It was named for the Great Buffalo Trace - a wide path beaten by buffalo near the banks of the Kentucky river. The distillery was actually the first to ship its whiskey down the Mississippi, and it was very fortunate for during Prohibition it was one of just four allowed to continue distilling whisky for medicinal uses. After Prohibition was repealed, the distillery was managed by Albert Blanton who was a very dedicated distiller. In 1999, the distillery began producing a range of premium bourbons, including Blanton's and Eagle Rare, and today Buffalo Trace is critically acclaimed.