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Rotary Club of Lexington / Phoenix Hotel

 
 
Rotary Club of Lexington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. Rotary Club of Lexington Marker
Inscription.  
Rotary Club of Lexington
Established as the 3rd Rotary Club in Kentucky and 182nd in the world, it first met on June 23, 1915. The club had weekly meetings at the Phoenix Hotel until 1942. The 2015 centennial marked 100 years of "Service Above Self." The club has raised money for community and international service projects, as well as educational programs.

Phoenix Hotel
For 180 years, this location was the site of a hotel. In 1797, John Postlethwait opened a tavern and inn here, and, by the 1820s, it was known as the Phoenix Hotel. A well-known landmark, it was popular with travelers and local citizens and was host to many distinguished visitors and events. It closed in 1977 and was demolished in 1982.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lexington
2016 * Kentucky Historical Society * Kentucky Department of Highways * 2488

 
Erected 2016 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways and the Rotary Club of Lexington. (Marker Number 2488.)
 
Topics and series.
Phoenix Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
2. Phoenix Hotel Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 2.768′ N, 84° 29.819′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and North Limestone, on the left when traveling north on East Main Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the northeast corner of Phoenix Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Main Street, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Strength in Numbers / Forcing a Change (here, next to this marker); Phoenix Park (a few steps from this marker); Lewis And Clark In Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); Skuller's Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington's Long History with Slavery / Driven by Money (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Street Christian Church (about 400 feet away); From Enslaved to Community Activist / The Original Power Couple (about 400 feet away); John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. This is a two-sided marker, with one side about the Rotary Club of Lexington, and the other side about the Phoenix Hotel.
 
Related markers.
Rotary Club of Lexington / Phoenix Hotel Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
3. Rotary Club of Lexington / Phoenix Hotel Marker (tall view)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Phoenix Hotel (Lexington, KY)
 
Also see . . .
1. Newest Historical Marker Tells of Phoenix Hotel in Lexington. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) dedicated a new historical marker on the former site of the storied Phoenix Hotel in Lexington on Thursday, June 23, 2016. For many years, the hotel was the regular weekly meeting site of the Rotary Club of Lexington, which sponsored the historical marker. The marker is at the corner of Limestone and East Main streets. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Phoenix Hotel (Lexington, Kentucky). The Phoenix Hotel was used for many purposes, including use as a headquarters by General William "Bull" Nelson, General Braxton Bragg, and General Kirby Smith during the American Civil War. Additionally, the Morgan's Men Association was formed at the Phoenix Hotel after the reinternment of General John Hunt Morgan on 17 April 1868. The surviving members of Morgan's command served as the funeral escort, and then met at the hotel. It was at this meeting that the Morgan's Men Association was created, which still exists in modern times. Around 1891, the Alpha Theta chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order at Transylvania University was founded, with the charter members being initiated at the Phoenix Hotel. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Phoenix Hotel: In the 20th Century
Phoenix Park (<i>marker visible in background at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
4. Phoenix Park (marker visible in background at left)
. In 1919, the Kiwanis Club of Lexington was inaugurated at the Phoenix Hotel. A meeting was held by 50 businessmen to organize the club. In 1929, a meeting of Lexington's Board of Commerce at the Phoenix Hotel resulted in staff executive Ed Wilder writing a letter to convince the U.S. Public Heath Service to locate a prison in the area following the enabling of the Porter Act. In 1932, the exterior lights from either side of the front entrance of the Phoenix Hotel were relocated to the main building of the University of Kentucky after a street front renovation. Shortly after 1947, the radio station WVLK-AM 590 relocated to the Phoenix Hotel from Versailles, Kentucky. The radio station remained headquartered at the site until approximately 1980. Also in the 1960s, the Phoenix Hotel was the site of several demonstrations during the social movement in Lexington. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Phoenix Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 14, 2019
5. Phoenix Hotel Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on July 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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