Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

A View from Sportsmanís Hill

 
 
A View from Sportsmanís Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
1. A View from Sportsmanís Hill Marker
Inscription. The threat of an attack by a large Native American raiding party was a very real possibility in 1788 when William Whitley established a horse race track at Sportsmanís Hill. This threat continued for the next six years. By 1794, most attacks were by small raiding parties on single individuals or small groups in isolated settings. Completed in 1794, Whitleyís home was the first brick house in Kentucky and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was visible from the Wilderness Road. The vista from atop “Sportsmanís Hill” above the circular track afforded a view of the surrounding area and any approaching party. The close proximity of the house and the hill which can be seen from one to the other was mutually supportive if any type of attack were to occur. From the crest of the hill it was possible for the race spectators to view the race in its entirety and also the surrounding area. With the spectators grouped together at the crest of the hill, they could move in unison to the festivities and safety of the brick house. Luckily, no attack or assault ever materialized. The thundering sound of the horsesí hooves in the autumn races echoed for years unmolested about the hill.
 
Location. 37° 28.159′ N, 84° 32.686′ W. Marker is in Crab Orchard
Sportsmanís Hill Marker Locations image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
2. Sportsmanís Hill Marker Locations
, Kentucky, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from William Whitley Road. Touch for map. 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. Where Racing Turned Around (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Legacy of Sportsmanís Hill at Crab Orchard (about 600 feet away); A Little Bit to Eat at the Race (about 700 feet away); Celebration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beginning of Horse Racing in Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sportsman Hill (approx. ľ mile away); Sportsman's Hill / Whitley House - 1785 (approx. ľ mile away); Sportsman's Hill (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crab Orchard.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersSports
 
William Whitley House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
3. William Whitley House
William Whitley image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. William Whitley
A View from Sportsmanís Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
5. A View from Sportsmanís Hill Marker
Sportsmanís Hill image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
6. Sportsmanís Hill
 
 
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 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement