“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Carter County Kentucky Historical Markers

Matthew B. Sellers side of marker image, Touch for more information
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
Matthew B. Sellers side of marker
Kentucky (Carter County), Counts Crossroads — 1222 — Aviation Pioneer – Matthew B. Sellers
Matthew Sellers is among first to experiment with gliding and power flight. Did this research at his home and laboratory, 6 miles south, 1897-1911. Built most advanced wind tunnel of his day, 1903, to study lift and drag of various wing designs; and . . . — Map (db m145292) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 642 — A Masterful RetreatConfederate Raids and Invasions, and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky
As Gen. George W. Morgan's Union force, 8,000 when here, retreated from Cumberland Gap, they were harassed from West Liberty by CSA Gen. John H. Morgan's Raiders. Failure of reinforcements to reach here caused Confederates to leave Oct. 1, 1862 and . . . — Map (db m73803) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 637 — A Masterful RetreatConfederate Raids and Invasions and a Federal Retreat, in Kentucky.
Retreating from Cumberland Gap General George W. Morgan’s Union force of 8,000 men camped here Sept. 1862. CSA Morgan’s Raiders harassed USA, 30 miles along here; skirmishing, felling trees across roads and preempting food and supplies. Covering 200 . . . — Map (db m145350) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 221 — Civil War Reunion
In their blue and gray uniforms for over forty years, Civil War veterans gathered here annually, around campfires, with song and story, friends and former foes, revived war memories, and always a pilgrimage to graves of their comrades in cemetery of . . . — Map (db m73788) WM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 1247 — County Named, 1838
For Col. William Grayson Carter, state senator, 1834-36. The 88th Ky. county formed, 32nd in size. Carter was created from Greenup and Lawrence. Noted in early years for 5 iron furnaces, its clay products, industry developed in late 1800's. Carter . . . — Map (db m73789) HM WM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 1596 — Eastern Kentucky Railway
E. K. Railway purchased 25,000 acres of land in Little Sandy Valley at close of the Civil War. Tracks laid to this site June 10, 1871. Grayson was location of depot and repair shops. Stinson Branch was laid, 1893, with more straight track . . . — Map (db m144463) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 914 — Mount Savage Furnace
Six miles south, site of famous iron furnace, erected, 1848, by R. M. Biggs and others. Operated 37 years, averaging 15 tons pig iron daily which was hauled by ox teams to Ohio River for shipment. Iron produced here was used for rails, plows, . . . — Map (db m144955) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — 1148 — Pactolus Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Pactolus Furnace Built in 1824 by Joseph McMurtry and David L. Ward, on the site of an earlier bloomer forge. Its stone stack used charcoal fuel, and its air blast machinery was powered from a dam, 5 1/2 ft. high, in Little Sandy River. Capacity . . . — Map (db m73787) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — William Jason Fields
In memory of William Jason Fields, United States Representative 1911-1923, Governor of Commonwealth of Kentucky 1923-1927. Born Dec. 29, 1874, Willard Ky.-Carter Co. — Map (db m73791) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Grayson — World War I Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of our comrades who entered the service of their country. Those who were wounded and those who gave up their lives in the World War of 1917-1918.

Sponsored by Moore-Armstrong Post No. 138, American Legion; Willie C. . . . — Map (db m105811) WM

Kentucky (Carter County), Hitchins — 2246 — Eastern Kentucky RailwayHitchins
Here the EK had a junction with the Elizabethtown, Lexington & Big Sandy Railway that connected with the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway in Denton. January 1882 both would become part of Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The EK and C&O shared a depot . . . — Map (db m145351) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Olive Hill — 1177 — Beckham County
Created from parts of Carter, Lewis and Elliott Counties with county seat here by legislative act signed Feb. 9, 1904, by Gov. J.C. W Beckham for whom it was named. C. C. Brooks appointed County Judge. On April 29, 1904, the Court of Appeals . . . — Map (db m145288) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Olive Hill — 640 — Home of Gov. Fields
“Honest Bill from Olive Hill.” Home of Gov. William Jason Fields, 34th Governor of Kentucky, 1923-27. Promoted Kentucky’s first grant of Federal aid for road construction, consolidation of schools, teacher-training colleges at . . . — Map (db m145260) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Olive Hill — 209 — Saltpeter Cave
Saltpeter mined here from which gunpowder was made that was used by Kentucky riflemen during the war of 1812. There are remains of those works in cave, reputed rendezvous for counterfeiters in early years, artifacts and Indian graves found in cavern. — Map (db m73805) HM WM
Kentucky (Carter County), Rush — 1018 — Star Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Built in 1848 by A. McCullough and Lampton Brothers. Its stone stack was 36 feet high. 11½ feet across inside at widest point, and burned “stone coal” rather than charcoal. It was served by its own railroad spur. In 1866 it produced . . . — Map (db m144425) HM
Kentucky (Carter County), Willard — 2301 — Eastern Kentucky RailwayWillard
In 1873, line was extended from Grayson to Willard. Located here were a turntable, water tower, railroad scales, & engine house. Near-by, the Lick Branch & Lost Creek spurs, as well as EK coal mines and coal camp existed. In 1892, an angry . . . — Map (db m145353) HM

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