Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Little Mountain Indian Mound
On this site stood the massive Little Mountain Indian Mound, from which Mount Sterling derived its name. Constructed by the Adena Indian culture about 2000 years ago, the circular mound stood 25 feet in height and 125 feet in diameter and was located along the Warrior’s Trace.
It was a prominent landmark used by William Calk and Enoch Smith to survey land claims in 1775. James Estill and his men camped here on March 21, 1782, the night before the battle of Estill’s Defeat. In 1845, the city removed the mound & extraordinary artifacts of copper, marble, stone, and shell were recovered during the excavation.
Erected 2009 by the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2290.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 3.303′ N, 83° 56.313′ W. Marker is in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Queen Street and Adena Trail, on the right when traveling north on South Queen Street. Touch for map. Marker is just south of Locust Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 132 South Queen Street, Mount Sterling KY 40353, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Montgomery County. 1797 (approx. ¼ mile away); Courthouse Burned (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Robbery / Bank Sues (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Mt. Sterling (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle-June 8, 1864 (approx. half a mile away); Estill's Defeat (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle-June 9, 1864 (approx. one mile away); The Gaitskill Mound (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Sterling.
Also see . . . Explore Kentucky History article. (Submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.