Although Morehead is the county seat of Rowan County, other settlements were larger and more progressive in Rowan’s early history. Farmers was the first settlement in Rowan. It quickly grew into a booming town because of its industry.
Located ten . . . — — Map (db m110199) HM
On last tragic raid, the fourth into Kentucky, Morgan's Raiders took Mt. Sterling, then lost it, took Lexington and June 11, 1864 took Cynthiana. Next day USA men under Brig. General S. G. Burbridge dispersed raiders. Morgan then retreated through . . . — — Map (db m110197) HM
On Court Street, on the left when traveling west on Court Street.
Albert W. "Allie" Young (1865-1935) and his father, Col. Z.T. Young, had law offices here. Allie was elected to state senate in 1923 and served until his death. He was a political strategist who helped steer campaigns of Governors Goebel and . . . — — Map (db m73806) HM
Near University Boulevard south of Elizabeth Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
A native of nearby Morgan County, Capt. Barber received our nation's highest decoration for bravery for heroically leading his Marine rifle company in a desperate five-day defense of a frozen mountain pass vital to the 1st Marine Division's . . . — — Map (db m120060) HM WM
On East Main Street. Reported permanently removed.
For Judge John Rowan, 1773-1843. Born Penn., came in 1783 to Ky. Admitted bar, 1795. Member second Ky. Constitutional Convention in 1799. Sec. of State, 1804-06. State Legislature, 10 years. Court of Appeals, 1819-21. U.S. Senate from 1824 to 30. . . . — — Map (db m164260) HM
Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during the Civil War, nineteen in last fifteen months; twelve by Confederates eight by guerrillas, two by Union accident. Courthouse at Morehead burned by guerrillas March 21, 1864, the eastern most . . . — — Map (db m79181) WM
On University Boulevard, on the left when traveling north.
Thomas F. Hargis, a native of Morehead and chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, donated four acres of land and $500 in cash to Morehead Normal School in 1889 for the institution’s first classroom building. Hargis Hall, a wooden structure, . . . — — Map (db m110203) HM
President Frank C. Button employed nine persons to constitute the faculty and administrative staff of Morehead State Normal School when it reopened in 1923-24 as a public institution. They included Charles D. Lewis, Academic Dean; Inez F. Humphrey, . . . — — Map (db m110206) HM
On East First Street just south of Carey Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
A flash flood in Morehead, Kentucky in the early morning hours of July 5, 1939 resulted in 25 deaths.
Geneva Amburgey, age 47 •
Margie Amburgey, age 13 •
Orma Rae Amburgey, age 6 •
Junior Leon Bays, age 11 •
Minerva Boggess, age 77 . . . — — Map (db m164307) HM
1890 · 1940
Planted by Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution to honor the
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
October 11, 1940 — — Map (db m217815) HM
Established in Rowan County, Ky., in 1911, by Mrs. Cora W. Stewart, “to emancipate from illiteracy those enslaved in its bondage.” Because the people had to labor by day it was decided to have the schools on moonlight nights so the moon . . . — — Map (db m73816) HM
Quilting and farming are two important aspects of Kentucky culture. Pairing a barn with a quilt pattern not only honors both, but recognizes the rural heritage that has been the fabric of America since colonial days. The Foothills Quilt Trail . . . — — Map (db m73807) HM
Feud violence came to climax in summer of 1887, when Logan and Hiram Pigman led faction that surrounded Craig Tolliver and his men. Resulting shoot-out ended in deaths of Tolliver and three others. State militia was sent in three times to restore . . . — — Map (db m73849) WM
On East First Street at Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north on East First Street.
In memory of those who died during the Rowan County War (Tolliver-Martin Feud) 1884-1887
Solomon Bradley 1884 • Stewart Bumgardner 1885 • Stewart Caudill 1885 • Hiram Cooper 1887 • John C. Day 1886 • John G. Hughes 1884 • H.M. (Mason) Keeton 1887 . . . — — Map (db m164309) HM
On Bridge Street at East Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Bridge Street.
To the boys of Rowan County who gave
their lives in the service of their
country during the World War, this
monument is honorably dedicated.
Andrew Alfrey, Morehead. •
Elisha Conn, Smile. •
Earl Cornette, Clearfield. •
William . . . — — Map (db m164335) WM
On University Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
As its primary support of the war effort in World War II, this campus hosted the training of more than 4,400 sailors as shipboard electricians between June 1942 and July 1944. The U.S. Navy Training School (Electrical) had 600 trainees at a time, . . . — — Map (db m110205) HM