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Hopkins County Kentucky Historical Markers

 
Dawson Springs Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, June 7, 2012
Dawson Springs Marker (wide view)
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Dawson Springs — 915 — Dawson Springs
In its heyday, from the start of the century until mid-1920’s, this was one of the best known spas, health resorts in the South. Thousands of the sick, the lame, and the well came for the curative waters and to enjoy the social activities. Six . . . — Map (db m79175) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Earlington — 1338 — Century of Coal Mining
Earlington founded in 1870 by St. Bernard Coal Co. Named for John Baylis Earle, who discovered No. 11 coal vein not far from this site, in 1869. John Bond Atkinson, the president of St. Bernard Coal, planned free public schools, free public library, . . . — Map (db m88929) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Hanson — 1948 — Hanson
This town, named for Henry B. Hanson, the civil engineer who planned it, was founded in 1869 and incorporated in 1873. Hanson became bustling tobacco center. "Hanson Twist" tobacco was shipped throughout the U.S. Four costly fires in 1889, 1894, . . . — Map (db m88955) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Hanson — 1971 — Partisan Rangers
Civil War Confederate irregular troops operated in western Ky. These Partisan Rangers, under Brig. Gen. Adam R. Johnson, fought skirmishes and disrupted Union communications and supply lines. Among Hopkins Countians serving were 2 brothers from . . . — Map (db m88957) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 1103 — Army of Six
Union troops, 300, ordered to burn CSA Madisonville sympathizers' homes, 1862; withdrew, bluffed by CSA Gen. Adam Johnson and six men. CSA went on to Henderson, crossed river to Newburg, taking medical supplies, arms and rations for the . . . — Map (db m88948) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 1620 — Carlow's Stone Wall
This wall was originally located at Carlow, on the main Madisonville-Henderson route. It was built by Thomas J. Jackson in 1857 to enclose his stage coach inn, a general store, Masonic Lodge No. 314 and post office. This work of art, reconstructed . . . — Map (db m88934) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 849 — County Named, 1806
For Samuel Hopkins, 1753-1819. On Washington's staff and in many campaigns, War of the Revolution. Came to Ky., 1797, as Transylvania Company agent. In 1799, organized and named judge of first court held in original Henderson County, which included . . . — Map (db m88939) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 580 — Courthouse Burned
Gen. Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men invaded Ky., Dec. 1864, to enforce CSA draft law and divert USA from Nashville. In 23 days he burned seven courthouses used by Union forces. See map on reverse side. Courthouse at Madisonville burned Dec. 17. All . . . — Map (db m88936) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 613 — Forrest Reconnoitered
CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, on reconnaissance and foraging mission toward the Ohio River Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 1861, passed here with 300 cavalry on way to Caseyville. There he found large supply of hogs and took some along. After he left, USA . . . — Map (db m88951) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 1232 — Gov. Ruby Laffoon
Born Jan. 15, 1869, Madisonville. Began law practice, 1892. Served as chairman of the first Insurance Rating Board, 1912. Circuit Court Judge, 1921-31. While Governor, 1931-35, he reorganized charitable and penal boards; recodified the educational . . . — Map (db m88785) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 2377 — Rosenwald High School / Professor C. L. Timberlake
Rosenwald High School Here, Professor C. L. Timberlake established first high school in city for blacks. Rosenwald High School opened in 1932; operated until 1966. Rosenwald Foundation funded its construction. In 1936, basketball team . . . — Map (db m88950) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 1425 — The Hockersmith House
The home of L. D. Hockersmith, Capt., 10th Ky., Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry, CSA. Hockersmith captured by Federal troops during Morgan's Ohio raid, July 20, 1863. Held with Morgan in Ohio State Prison at Columbus. Helped dig tunnel by which he . . . — Map (db m88931) HM
Kentucky (Hopkins County), Nortonville — 1612 — Cmdr. D. W. "Mush" Morton, USN / Wahoo
Side 1 Cmdr. D. W. "Mush" Morton, USN This World War II hero spent his early youth & attended elementary school in Nortonville, high school in Madisonville. Graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1930. Became . . . — Map (db m88927) HM

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