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Pike County Kentucky Historical Markers

 
Liberty, First County Seat Marker image, Touch for more information
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
Liberty, First County Seat Marker
Kentucky (Pike County), East Shelbiana — 2371 — Liberty, First County Seat
Kentucky legislature established Pike County Dec. 19, 1821. First county seat was located near here on the Peyton Justice farm and named Liberty. No courthouse was built here due to opposition to site. On Dec. 24, 1823, new county seat . . . — Map (db m146229) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — 2203 — Daniel Boone's First Steps in Kentucky
Boone 1st visited Ky. on hunting trip in 1767-68. Hunted Clinch River before coming to Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River. Followed rim of Breaks Canyon through present-day Elkhorn City. He tracked 50 miles along buffalo trace to a salt lick at . . . — Map (db m50654) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — 2130 — Elkhorn City’s Railroads
Two major railroads, C&O from north and Clinchfield from south, connected at Elkhorn City, Feb. 8, 1915, opening up trade from Ohio Valley to South Atlantic Region. Elkhorn City became important railroad town. Trains went through several times a day . . . — Map (db m89778) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — 727 — Known But to God
Here rests the body of a soldier of the Confederacy, struck down by an unknown assassin in May of 1865-apparently on way to home in the South. He was buried in a coffin made of boards rived from a great oak by four men of this community. After the . . . — Map (db m50655) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — 2131 — Richard Potter
One of the first pioneers to settle in Breaks Canyon area, Richard married Mary Ramey in 1821 and had 11 children; later married Mary "Polly" Wallace. He was a farmer, hunter, and a distillery operator. Richard acquired several thousand acres of . . . — Map (db m50656) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — Russell Fork Overlook — Breaks Interstate Park —
Russell Fork originates at the confluence of a number of small streams near Council Virginia. Typical of the Appalachian Plateau, the river valley is narrow and V-shaped. Flash floods are not uncommon. Major tributaries are McClure River and . . . — Map (db m90657) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Elkhorn City — K-2073 — William Ramey
William Ramey, born ca. 1782, came from North Carolina. He purchased 200-acre tract near the mouth of Elkhorn Creek in 1816. Served as justice of the peace, sheriff, and commissioner of roads in Pike Co. Acquired thousands of acres by land surveys . . . — Map (db m50658) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Gulnare — 2034 — Leslie / Lesley Settlement
This early permanent settlement in the Big Sandy Valley was named for Revolutionary War veteran William Robert Leslie (1729-1802). Leslie moved to this site at John’s Creek circa 1790. His son Robert joined him shortly before his father’s . . . — Map (db m146055) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Gulnare — Snivley Chapel
Persons professing the Methodist faith were meeting on Johns Creek prior to 1832. On April ll, 1853, land for a church was conveyed by deed of Martin and Sarah B. Lesley to trustees Thomas May, James Maynard, Samuel Marrs, Allen Lesley, and . . . — Map (db m146054) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Hardy — 2062 — Site of Randolph McCoy House
House was located on Blackberry Fork of Pond Creek. It burned Jan. 1, 1888, during a Hatfield raid. Two of Randolph's children, Alifair and Calvin, were killed in attack; their mother Sally was badly injured. Randolph and other children escaped. . . . — Map (db m55887) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), McCarr — 2066 — Hog Trial / Election Fight
(obverse) In 1873 Randolph McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield of stealing his hog. A trial followed, presided over by Reverend Anderson Hatfield, justice of the peace. To be fair, the jury consisted of six Hatfields and six McCoys. One witness, . . . — Map (db m50663) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), McCarr — Hog Trial Site
In the fall of 1878, Randolph McCoy brought charges against Floyd Hatfield for stealing one of his hogs. The resulting trial occurred here and was presided over by the local justice of the peace, Preacher Anderson Hatfield. Preacher Anderson was . . . — Map (db m50667) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), McCarr — 2067 — McCoy Cemetery
Among the graves in the McCoy Cemetery are those of Randolph McCoy's three sons - Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph Jr. - all killed by the Hatfields. Also buried here are Alifair and Calvin McCoy, who were killed by the Hatfields when cabin was . . . — Map (db m50661) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), McCarr — 2047 — Pawpaw Tree Incident
This episode is result of August 1882 election-day fight. Tolbert, a son of Randolph McCoy, exchanged heated words with Ellison Hatfield, which started a fight. Tolbert, Pharmer and Randolph McCoy Jr. stabbed Ellison to death. Later the three . . . — Map (db m50662) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — “Spirit of the American Doughboy”Pike County, Kentucky
1917–1918. They gave their all in their country’s service. Rufus Adkins • Basil Ball • Jesse D. Belcher • William Bevins • William C. Brown • William B. Burke • Ervin Childers • Wade Cummings • James S. Elliott • Josh Fife • Oliver H. . . . — Map (db m146149) WM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 2489 — Col. John Dils, Jr.
Born in Parkersburg. WV, in 1818 Dils came to Pikeville circa 1840 and became a merchant. In Oct. 1861, while the area was under Confederate control, he was arrested for Union sympathies. Sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, he was quickly . . . — Map (db m146142) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 808 — County Named, 1821
For Zebulon M. Pike, 1779-1813. Born New Jersey. Entered army, 1794; served on frontier. Sent to trace Mississippi River source, 1805, and to explore headwaters of Arkansas and Red Rivers, 1806, when he discovered Pikes Peak. Brig. Gen. Pike . . . — Map (db m146146) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — Dils Cemetery
Colonel John Dils purchased the property in 1871 on which this cemetery is located. He was the colonel of the 39th Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War. In addition to Colonel Dils, there are several Civil war veterans buried here with the original . . . — Map (db m146195) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — Dils Cemetery
Colonel John Dils purchased the property in 1871 on which this cemetery is located. He was the colonel of the 39th Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War. In addition to Colonel Dils, there are several Civil war veterans buried here with the original . . . — Map (db m146197) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — Educator, Soldier, Congressman, PresidentJames A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States
James Abram Garfield was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, November 10th, 1831. An 1856 graduate of Williams College, he taught classics and became President of Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later Hiram College), Ohio. In 1859 he was elected to . . . — Map (db m146171) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 1959 — Effie Waller Smith1879–1960
Born in Pike County, this poet was a daughter of former slaves, Frank and Sibbie Waller. All of their children attained a greater degree of education than usual at that time. They earned teaching certificates at Ky. State Normal School for . . . — Map (db m146166) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 1913 — Feudists on Trial
Hanging site of Ellison Mounts, Feb. 18, 1890. Seven other Hatfield supporters indicted for murder of Alifair McCoy were sentenced to life in prison. By the time of his trial, Mounts had confessed. He was also found guilty, but the jury recommended . . . — Map (db m50815) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — Garfield at PiketonJames A. Garfield and the 18th Brigage
In December 1861, Col. James A. Garfield, 42nd Ohio Infantry, was selected by General Don Carlos Buell to take a force tot he Big Sandy Valley of Kentucky to clean the region of the Rebels. The previous month, Union General William . . . — Map (db m146170) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 1728 — Hatfield-McCoy Feud / McCoy Graves Here
The feud resulted, in part, from Civil War conflicts, romantic entanglements, family-oriented discord, property and election disputes, mixed with mountain pride. Violence surrounding clan leaders Anderson Hatfield and Randolph McCoy . . . — Map (db m146181) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 52 — James A. Garfield
Here Col. Garfield was commissioned Brigadier General in the Union army. The man who later became president was sworn in as general by Squire Charles of Pike County January 1862. — Map (db m146169) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 2251 — John Paul Riddle1901-1989
(side 1) Aviation pioneer graduated from Pikeville College Academy in 1920. Flew plane under Pikesville’s Middle Bridge on July 4, 1923. Trained as a pilot in US Army, he & T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Flying School . . . — Map (db m110100) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 2145 — McCoy House
After Hatfields burned the McCoy home, January 1, 1888, Randolph and Sarah McCoy never returned to Blackberry Creek. Governors of Ky. and West Va. urged Hatfields and McCoys to move away from each other. McCoys purchased house near river bank on . . . — Map (db m50673) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 1866 — Pike Co. Courthouse and Jail
Courthouse erected 1888-89 by McDonald Bros.; later renovated 1932-33. Here was scene of Hatfield clan trials for murders of Tolbert, Randolph, Jr., Pharmer, Alifair, and Calvin McCoy. The defendants lodged in adjacent jail; found guilty and . . . — Map (db m56342) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 884 — Pikeville College
Established by the Presbyterian Church in 1889 for the education of youth from the mountains of Southern Appalachia. It now draws students from many states and foreign lands. The Celtic Cross, visible from many points of wide area, symbolizes . . . — Map (db m146167) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — 1533 — Pikeville Collegiate Institute
Established by the Presbyterian Church. Building erected, 1889. The brick was fired on the site, using clay from nearby riverbank. Structure served as school, chapel, and community center for many years. Designated on National Register, 1974; used . . . — Map (db m50816) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — The Dils Cemetery
The Dils Cemetery is believed to be the first integrated cemetery in Eastern Kentucky. Colonel John Dils, who was opposed to slavery, gave many freed slaves jobs in his tannery and general store. He later provided gravesites for them and their . . . — Map (db m146196) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Pikeville — To the Memory of the Revolutionary Soldiers
This tablet is dedicated to the memory of the Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Pike County. Dennis Dailey • James Atkinson • Joseph Ford • James Jackson • Moses Stepp • Christian Trout • Pleasant Childers • Thomas Steward • Abriam Potter • . . . — Map (db m148028) WM
Kentucky (Pike County), Ransom — 2068 — Site of Killing of Asa Harmon McCoy
Asa Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, was shot in 1865 by the Logan Wildcats. The Wildcats were led by Confederate "Devil Anse" Hatfield. Jim Vance was the suspected leader in the murder, although there was never a conviction. This was the first . . . — Map (db m50660) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Shelbiana — 2341 — John May / John May Family1760-1813 /                                          
Born in Lancaster, Pa. to immigrant German parents. Joined 4th Virginia Infantry in fall of 1776. Saw George Washington’s retreat across the Hudson in Nov. Served until 1779. Married Sarah Phillips in 1780. Settled in Shelby Valley in 1800. Sarah . . . — Map (db m146230) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Stringtown — Baby’s Grave Site
Sarah Elizabeth, “Little Sally,” was the daughter of Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield. She was born in the spring of 1881 and died when she was only eight months old. In 1880, Roseanna met Johnse at an Election Day celebration . . . — Map (db m146138) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Stringtown — Baby’s Grave Site
Sarah Elizabeth, “Little Sally,” was the daughter of Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield. She was born in the spring of 1881 and died when she was only eight months old. In 1880, Roseanna met Johnse at an Election Day celebration . . . — Map (db m146139) HM
Kentucky (Pike County), Stringtown — 2176 — Sally McCoy / Grave of Sally McCoy
Sarah Elizabeth (Sally) McCoy was the daughter of Rosanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield. Her parents’ love affair played a role in the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud. Although circumstances prohibited the two from marrying, the child was born in 1881 and . . . — Map (db m146141) HM

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