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

Marshall County Kentucky Historical Markers

Cherokee State Park Marker - Side Two image, Touch for more information
By Michael Manning, July 12, 2017
Cherokee State Park Marker - Side Two
Kentucky (Marshall County), Aurora — 2320 — Cherokee State Park
Side 1 Proposed in 1946 & opened in 1951, the only state park in Kentucky developed for African Americans. Closed by 1964. after Gov. Combs 1963 Exec. Order ended segregation in public facilities. 300 acres, beach, rental cottages, kitchen . . . — Map (db m105930) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — Benton County Vietnam Conflict Memorial
Totalitarianism is a constant threat to our freedom. We would like to salute these men for giving the supreme sacrifice, that we may keep that freedom. 1961   Vietnam Conflict   1973 Dunigan, Jerry Wayne Gipson, Ronnie Lee . . . — Map (db m124052) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — 545 — Civil War Action
On March 23, 1864, two days before the Battle of Paducah, detached forces of Confederate Gen. Nathan B. Forrest's cavalry coming up from Columbus, Miss., and Union troops, both searching for horses, met by accident near here. In two skirmishes which . . . — Map (db m123657) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — 874 — County Named, 1842
For John Marshall, 1755-1835, Chief Justice of the United States, 1801-1835, "principal founder of judicial review and of American system of constitutional law."   Area first settled about time of the Jackson Purchase in 1818. First church west . . . — Map (db m123672) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — 1749 — James R. Lemon (1848-1919)
Owner and editor of Benton Tribune and Mayfield Messenger and author of a Marshall County history lived here. Lemon, in 1884, also founded Big Singing Day. This evolved from Southern Harmony, a hymn-singing custom popular in early . . . — Map (db m123656) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — 1538 — Kentucky Writer
Born in Benton, 1918, Joe Creason often spoke of his birthplace as "the only town in Kentucky where I was born." He became an outstanding journalist. His daily column, "Joe Creason's Kentucky," in Louisville Courier-Journal won him wide . . . — Map (db m123669) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — Marshall County Civil War Cannon1861 - 1865
Over 400 Confederate Soldiers and over 200 Union Soldiers from Marshall County served during the War Between the States. This cannon is dedicated in their memory. — Map (db m124050) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Benton — 2383 — Shelby McCallum
Born in Tn. in 1917, he moved to Benton in 1939 to manage the old Benton Theater. He served in the Army during WWII, then returned home & opened several drive-in theaters. He founded WCBL AM, Dec. 1954 and operated it for the remainder of his life. . . . — Map (db m123654) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Fairdealing — 1648 — Inundated Site
Birmingham, six miles north, was one of the oldest settlements in Marshall County and a major early boat landing. Settled 1849; named by British settlers for Birmingham, England. Town covered as Kentucky Lake formed; Kentucky Dam built, 1938-44. The . . . — Map (db m123652) HM
Kentucky (Marshall County), Hardin — 169 — Jackson Purchase
8,500 Sq.Mi. Area, former Tribal lands of Chickasaw Indians. U.S. paid $300,000 for tract in 1818 after negotiations by Gen. Andrew Jackson and Gov. Isaac Shelby. Bordered by Tenn., Ohio and Miss. Rivers. Now comprises KY's 8 and Tenn's 20 . . . — Map (db m105927) HM

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