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Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mt. Sterling, Kentucky

Established 1792

 
 
Mt. Sterling, Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 19, 2017
1. Mt. Sterling, Kentucky Marker
Inscription.  Founded by Hugh Forbes and Enoch Smith, Mt. Sterling was originally called "Little Mountain Town" before being named after the city of Stirling, Scotland. Mt. Sterling is rich in history. Our city was the site of several Civil War skirmishes, one of which resulted in the burning of the courthouse by Confederate forces in 1863. The city center was primarily constructed from 1880-1900. Many of those buildings still stand today.

The county courthouse, completed in 1959, is the sixth courthouse to stand on this site.

This marker made possible by donations from Whitaker Bank and the Montgomery County Historical Society

 
Erected by Whitaker Bank and the Montgomery County Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 3.372′ N, 83° 56.556′ W. Marker is in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 60) and Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Marker is located on the sidewalk, directly in
Mt. Sterling, Kentucky Marker (<i>wide view; Main Street in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 19, 2017
2. Mt. Sterling, Kentucky Marker (wide view; Main Street in background)
front of the Whittier Bank building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 West Main Street, Mount Sterling KY 40353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery County. 1797 (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Burned (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Robbery / Bank Sues (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Mt. Sterling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Little Mountain Indian Mound (approx. mile away); Estill's Defeat (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle-June 8, 1864 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle-June 9, 1864 (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Sterling.
 
More about this marker. This is a large, wood-framed and glass-covered "poster-style" marker, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Also see . . .  Mount Sterling History. In the year 1775, Daniel Boone and four of his contemporaries: William Calk, Enoch Smith, Robert Whitledge, and Issac Davis, explored the untouched wilderness at this edge of Central Kentucky. Here, according to legend, bluegrass was first noticed at a salt spring. Because of its geographical location, this area became the Gateway to the Mountains and the Bluegrass. As the settlement grew, the people met to decide on a formal name for the place, then called Little Mountain Town. Hugh Forbes, having started it, was allowed to name the town. He selected the name Mount Stirling, for Stirling - a town in his native Scotland. In December, 1792, the Kentucky Assembly
Main Street (<i>wide view looking west toward marker; marker visible edge-on at far right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 19, 2017
3. Main Street (wide view looking west toward marker; marker visible edge-on at far right)
passed an act establishing the town of Mount Sterling (a spelling inaccuracy which was retained) on 640 acres donated for that purpose by Hugh Forbes, John Judy, Enoch Smith and Samuel Spurgin. (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Broadway Street & Old Courthouse (right) (<i>wide view looking north from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 19, 2017
4. Broadway Street & Old Courthouse (right) (wide view looking north from marker)
Montgomery County War Memorial Courthouse (<i>on Broadway Street, 1 block north of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 19, 2017
5. Montgomery County War Memorial Courthouse (on Broadway Street, 1 block north of marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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