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Clay City in Powell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Collecting Red River's History

 
 
Collecting Red River's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
1. Collecting Red River's History Marker
Inscription. The Red River Museum preserves and interprets the cultural heritage of Powell County and the Red River area. The Museum, home of the Red River Historical Society and headquarters for the Kentucky Old Mill Association, opened in July of 1967. It is housed in the old Clay City National Bank building, which has been restored and saved by the organization. Exhibits include something to delight every visitor, from prehistoric artifacts to 19th century relics. The collections include general store, post office, bank, service station and farm items, railroad collectibles, doctor’s in strument, articles from the “home spun industry,” church and school memorabilia, Native American Indian artifacts, rock and agate collections, blacksmith and iron millstones and grindstones. Many items are on loan from local residents. Visitors, researchers, students of all ages, church groups and scout troops are welcome to visit at No charge anytime! Donations are accepted and are used strictly for museum upkeep.

The Museum is now located in the small village of Clay City, but this site was once the heart of a vast industrial complex. It had its beginnings as the widely known Red River Iron Works, commencing around 1800. After the decline of the iron industry, massive commercial logging, lumbering and timber processing was practiced here.
Collecting Red River's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
2. Collecting Red River's History Marker
Although logging began in the early 1800s, it was the 1890s that marked the “log boom days” of Clay City; Our State Historic Marker denotes both of these industries.
 
Location. 37° 51.636′ N, 83° 55.266′ W. Marker is in Clay City, Kentucky, in Powell County. Marker is on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clay City KY 40312, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay City Timber Industry / Early Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Burned (approx. 3.4 miles away); Woody Stephens and Forty Niner (approx. 3.4 miles away); County Named, 1852 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Battle-June 8, 1864 (approx. 13 miles away); Little Mountain Indian Mound (approx. 13.5 miles away); Battle-June 9, 1864 (approx. 13.5 miles away); Civil War Robbery / Bank Sues (approx. 13.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Collecting Red River's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
3. Collecting Red River's History Marker
Collecting Red River's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2014
4. Collecting Red River's History Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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