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Mortons Gap in Hopkins County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Oliver Loving

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
1. Oliver Loving Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Born in Hopkins Co. on Dec. 4, 1812. He married Susan Morgan in 1833 and farmed in Hopkins & Muhlenberg Counties. In 1843, he moved his family to Texas, where he farmed and drove cattle. In 1861, he sold his cattle and tried to move from Texas, However, the Civil War had begun, and he was commissioned to drive cattle to Confederate forces along the Mississippi River.

In 1866, Loving combined his herd with that of Charles Goodnight to drive them to Ft. Sumner, N.M. The route later became known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He died at Ft. Sumner in 1867 and is buried in Weatherford, Texas. The 1985 novel Lonesome Dove is loosely based on their adventures. He was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1958.
 
Erected 2016 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2507.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
2. Oliver Loving Marker (Side B)
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Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 4, 1812.
 
Location. 37° 14.246′ N, 87° 28.443′ W. Marker is in Mortons Gap, Kentucky, in Hopkins County. Marker is at the intersection of Cross Street (Kentucky Route 813) and North Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mortons Gap KY 42440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Century of Coal Mining (approx. 3.3 miles away); J.W. Million School / Prof. Lester G. Mimms (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cmdr. D. W. "Mush" Morton, USN / Wahoo (approx. 3.9 miles away); Carlow's Stone Wall (approx. 6.1 miles away); Chittenden P. Lyon, Jr. House (approx. 6.1 miles away); Turner Ruby House (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Hockersmith House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Munns School (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Oliver Loving (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 25, 2021
3. Oliver Loving Marker
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4. Oliver Loving
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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