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Near Union in Boone County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lewis and Clark in Kentucky

Big Bone Lick

 
 
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
1. Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Marker
at Big Bone Lick
Inscription.  
In Oct. 1803, while traveling down Ohio River to meet Wm. Clark for expedition to Pacific, Meriwether Lewis visited Big Bone Lick. He was to gather fossilized bones for Pres. Thomas Jefferson. In Sept. 1807, Clark supervised a 3-week dig for bones at Jefferson’s request.
 
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2124.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationPaleontologySettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists.
 
Location. 38° 53.341′ N, 84° 44.856′ W. Marker is near Union, Kentucky, in Boone County. Marker is on Beaver Road (Kentucky Route 338) west of Route 127, on the right when traveling west. Entrance to Big Bone State Park is about two miles west of US 127 on St Rt 338. The marker is located in the parking lot of the
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
2. Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Marker
full view of marker in parking lot at Museum
museum, second driveway to right, off main park road (first driveway to right leads to the picnic area, where there are two more related markers). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3325 Beaver Rd, Union KY 41091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Bone Lick (here, next to this marker); Mary Draper Ingles (here, next to this marker); Mary Ingles (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Big Bone Lick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Bone Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major John P. Gaines (approx. 4.8 miles away); Richwood Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Dr. Elwood Mead (approx. 5˝ miles away in Indiana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
 
Big Bone Lick image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
3. Big Bone Lick
site and setting
Big Bone Lick image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
4. Big Bone Lick
explored and dug by both Lewis and Clark
Big Bone Lick image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
5. Big Bone Lick
sign at main entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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