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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Frankfort Chosen As Capital

 
 
Frankfort Chosen As Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 30, 2012
1. Frankfort Chosen As Capital Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
After Kentucky became a state, five commissioners were appointed on June 20, 1792, to choose a location for the state capital. They were John Allen and John Edwards (both from Bourbon Co.), Henry Lee (Mason Co.), Thomas Kennedy (Madison Co.), and Robert Todd (Fayette Co.). A number of communities competed for this honor, but Frankfort won by perseverance and, according to early histories, the offer of Andrew Holmes' log house as capitol for seven years, a number of town lots, 50 worth of locks and hinges, 10 boxes of glass, 1500 pounds of nails, and $3000 in gold.

(side 2)
Other contenders for the honor of being selected as the permanent seat of Kentucky state government had offered, as was customary, lists of contributions. These hopeful towns were Legerwood's Bend (Mercer County), Delany's Ferry and Petersburg (Woodford County), Louisville, Lexington, Leestown, and Frankfort. After thorough examination of all sites, the commissioners, following a majority vote, met with the legislature in Lexington on December 5, 1792, and gave their recommendation -- that Frankfort was the most suitable site for the state capital. See over.
 
Erected 1985 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1774.)
 
Marker series.
Frankfort Chosen As Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 30, 2012
2. Frankfort Chosen As Capital Marker
This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 11.373′ N, 84° 52.518′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Capital Avenue and West Todd Street, on the right when traveling south on Capital Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Emma Guy Cromwell (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Frankfort Barracks (about 500 feet away); Frank Lloyd Wright / Rev. Jesse R. Zeigler House (about 500 feet away); Kentucky's Executive Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Melodye Park (approx. mile away); A Civil War Reprisal (approx. mile away); Frankfort (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Frankfort.
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Capital Ave & W Todd St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 30, 2012
3. Capital Ave & W Todd St
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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