Near Oneida in Clay County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Gilbert, Sr. Memorial Highway
Named in honor of first white man to settle on Red Bird River, at the mouth of Gilbert’s Creek. A veteran of Revolutionary War, John Gilbert came here to hunt and trap. He surveyed and claimed much of Clay, Leslie and Harlan counties; was an early salt maker. He became a Baptist minister and established three churches in the area.
This versatile pioneer (1764-1868) was state senator from Clay, Knox, Harlan and Whitley counties, 1833-1837; introduced bill for benefit of Clay Co. Seminary. A self-taught doctor, he ministered physically as well as spiritually. After Clay Co. formed, 1807, Gilbert served as justice of peace and tax assessor.
September 1979 Julian Carroll, Governor
Erected 1979 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1979.
Location. 37° 10.294′ N, 83° 34.975′ W. Marker is near Oneida, Kentucky, in Clay County. Marker is on State Highway 66 0.6 miles north of U.S. 421, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oneida KY 40972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Red Bird (a few steps from this marker); Oneida Baptist Institute (approx. 7.6 miles away); County Named, 1806 (approx. 10 miles away); Salt Works was located along the old Warrior's Path (approx. 10 miles away); This Site is Birth Place of Local History (approx. 10 miles away); Gov. Bert T. Combs (1959-1963)/Bert T. Combs (1911 – 1991) (approx. 10 miles away); Goose Creek Salt Works (approx. 10 miles away); A Masterful Retreat (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oneida.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.