Where Racing Turned Around
William Whitley moved from Virginia to the Kentucky frontier just prior to the American Revolution. During the war with Great Britain, American Indians, allied with the British, terrorized the rebellious colonists. On March 7, 1777 William Ray with his brother and two other young teenagers were clearing land at Shawnee Springs near Fort Harrod when they were attacked. William Ray was one of the boys killed, scalped and mutilated. Whitley saw the corpse and was so affected by the horrific sight that he spoke of it throughout his life and developed
Location. 37° 28.126′ N, 84° 32.751′ W. Marker is in Crab Orchard, Kentucky, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from William Whitley Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on Sportsman's Hill across from William Whitley House. Marker is in this post office area: Crab Orchard KY 40419, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Legacy of Sportsman’s Hill at Crab Orchard (within shouting distance of this marker); A Little Bit to Eat at the Race (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A View from Sportsman’s Hill (about 400 feet away); Celebration (about 500 feet away); Beginning of Horse Racing in Kentucky (about 600 feet away); Sportsman Hill (approx. Sportsman's Hill / Whitley House - 1785 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sportsman's Hill (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crab Orchard.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.