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Marker of the Week“Bloody Monday” / American (Know-Nothing) Party Louisville, Kentucky
The Know-Nothing political party began in the early 1850s as an anti-Catholic anti-immigrant party. Its followers rioted in a number of U.S. cities including here this week in 1855. The party nominated former U.S. President Millard Fillmore in 1856, and soon waned from prominence. But its nativist spirit rekindled a number of times over the years including as the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Contributing Correspondent Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, filed this entry in 2009.
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History Happened HereNational and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark
Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles, massacres and hangings; of humanitarians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fascinating, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
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