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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate State Capital of Kentucky

 
 
Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
1. Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker
Inscription.  Bowling Green named state capital at the Convention in Russellville November 20, 1861. First Governor, George W. Johnson. Commissioners to the Confederate Congress, William Preston, W.W. Simms and Henry Burnett.
 
Erected by Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 67.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is November 20, 1845.
 
Location. 36° 59.323′ N, 86° 27.234′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on College Heights Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Located near Kentucky Museum near the Lincoln Statue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Felts Log House (within shouting distance of this marker); Potter College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade (about 600 feet away); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. History (about 700 feet away); Fort Albert Sidney Johnston (about 700 feet away); Henry Hardin Cherry
Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
2. Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Bowling Green College of Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Training School-College High (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Marker removed, now reinstalled.
The marker was placed in storage in the Kentucky Museum so it would not get damaged during the construction process of Western Kentucky University's new Hilltopper Hall, which is near where the marker stood. The marker was reinstalled February 14th, without fanfare, a few feet from its previous location.
    — Submitted December 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

2. Marker again removed and placed in storage.
Following a fresh wave of discussion at Western Kentucky University about history and how it should be remembered, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) agreed that the placement of the marker is out of historical context, and the marker has therefore been removed and placed in storage until KHS can designate a contextually-appropriate location.
    — Submitted August 26, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
Lincoln Statue near Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
3. Lincoln Statue near Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky Marker
This building houses the WKU Library and Kentucky Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on February 13, 2019, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of marker in new location. • Can you help?

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Sep. 23, 2021