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Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rhea Stadium

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, January 23, 2021
1. Rhea Stadium Marker
Inscription.  Rhea Stadium was named for Thomas S. Rhea, a local & state political figure. It was a project of the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal program started under Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first game was played on Nov. 23, 1939. Dedication of the stadium occurred on Sept. 20, 1940. Added to Nat'l Register of Historic Places 2008.
Presented by Sonny Green and The "R” Club

 
Erected 2019 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2601.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 36° 50.531′ N, 86° 53.058′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Kentucky, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of South Summer Street and East 8th Street, on the left when traveling south on South Summer Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Russellville KY 42276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ken Barrett Field (a few steps from this marker);
Rhea Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, January 23, 2021
2. Rhea Stadium Marker
O'Bannon House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); United Methodist Temple (about 600 feet away); Governors' Corner (about 700 feet away); Old Bank, Robbed 1868 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Townhouse of Maj. Richard Bibb (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Governor's Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); 6 Pdr Field Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russellville.
 
Also see . . .  Rhea Stadium. From Explore KY History, a program of the Kentucky Historical Society. (Submitted on January 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Rhea Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, January 23, 2021
3. Rhea Stadium Marker
The stadium entrance on East 9th Street. Flanking the entrance are sculpted heads of sports stars popular at the time of the stadium's construction: Ty Cobb, Jack Dempsey, Red Grange, Paavo Nurmi, Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe. They were patched to the entrance wall in 2002.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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