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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Warren County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Warren County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Warren County, KY (100) Allen County, KY (17) Barren County, KY (40) Butler County, KY (13) Edmonson County, KY (20) Logan County, KY (59) Simpson County, KY (31)  WarrenCounty(100) Warren County (100)  AllenCounty(17) Allen County (17)  BarrenCounty(40) Barren County (40)  ButlerCounty(13) Butler County (13)  EdmonsonCounty(20) Edmonson County (20)  LoganCounty(59) Logan County (59)  SimpsonCounty(31) Simpson County (31)
Bowling Green is the county seat for Warren County
Adjacent to Warren County, Kentucky
      Allen County (17)  
      Barren County (40)  
      Butler County (13)  
      Edmonson County (20)  
      Logan County (59)  
      Simpson County (31)  
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1Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 422 1/2 Main StreetNahm Building - Tailor Shop
On East Main Street just east of College Street, on the left when traveling east.
History This red brick building located behind the Nahm building was constructed between 1895 and 1901 for a tailor shop. In the 1930s, records indicate that the building was used for general storage. Uses since then include restaurants and . . . Map (db m174038) HM
2Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 538 — A Civil War Defense Line
Near Center Street at East 4th Avenue.
Troops under Generals S. B. Buckner and A. S. Johnston, CSA, took up this key position in the Southern defense line on Sept. 18, 1861. After Fort Henry fell and Fort Donelson was threatened, they evacuated Feb. 11-13, 1862. Gen. O. M. Mitchell and . . . Map (db m83336) HM
3Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 3b — A Family Divided
On West Main Avenue, 0.4 miles north of Brownstock Road, on the left when traveling north.
Riverview The Confederate army occupied Bowling Green in mid-September 1861. The commander of the Confederate forces in Bowling Green was General Simon Bolivar Buckner who, before the war, had been a good friend of Edward Henry Hobson. . . . Map (db m143063) HM
4Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — A West Side Story
On West Main Avenue just west of Barry Street, on the left when traveling west.
Dr. Henry Carpenter After the Civil War, Bowling Green's west side became home to a growing number of the city's African Americans. Many owned their properties and worked hard to support their families. As the black population grew, the need . . . Map (db m143039) HM
5Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Ackerman Building
On College Street, on the right when traveling south.
History The Ackerman Building has graced Bowling Green’s public square for more than a century, housing a variety of enterprises, including a bakery, candy shop, department store, attorney’s offices and a coffee house. Built in 1892 in the . . . Map (db m138951) HM
6Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — An African American Neighborhood
On College Street at East 6th Street, on the left when traveling east on College Street.
Generations Lived, Worked and Worshipped Here A sizeable African American population lived for generations in this immediate vicinity. Until the late 1960s, African Americans were often relegated to live in predetermined areas and sometimes . . . Map (db m139387) HM
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7Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1049 — Baker Hill
On Old Louisville Road.
One of nine hills fortified by CSA making Bowling Green a strong Confederate defense center, 1861. Feb. 14, 1862, day after CSA left the area, USA forces in command of Gen. Ormsby Mitchell bombarded the town from here. It continued until a civilian . . . Map (db m40755) HM
8Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Barr BuildingHistory
On East Main Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Constructed between 1891 and 1895, this two story Italianate building features a highly decorative iron clad façade. The cornice is highlighted by bulls-eye motifs and brackets and two oriel windows framed by fluted pilasters creating one of the . . . Map (db m139231) HM
9Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Bowling GreenThe Confederate Capitol of Kentucky
Near East 10th Avenue at College Street, on the right when traveling east.
A newly constituted state of Kentucky, having been conceived in sovereignty convention Nov. 18-20, 1861 at Russellville, established Bowling Green as its capitol. The commissioners to the Confederate Congress in Richmond were William Preston, . . . Map (db m129938) HM
10Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 997 — Bowling Green
On Chestnut St, on the right when traveling south.
Founded in 1796 by Robert Moore who built cabin at the Big Spring located here. This spring water was nucleus around which the town grew. Moore, his brother, George, and James Stewart posted bond of 1,000 English pounds to establish town in 1797. . . . Map (db m128205) HM
11Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Bowling Green - Warren CountyBicentennial — 1797 ~ 1997 —
On East 10th Avenue at College Street, on the left when traveling north on East 10th Avenue.
Bicentennial time capsule placed in the lawn of the Warren County Courthouse on March 7, 1998. To be opened March 7, 2098 by the governments of Bowling Green & Warren County. (reverse) Warren County, the 24th county formed in Kentucky, . . . Map (db m139488) HM
12Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Bowling Green & Warren County
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Street, on the right when traveling north on Riverview Drive.
Established in 1797, Warren County is named for Revolutionary War hero, Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston. Bowling Green was platted in the late 1790s and incorporated in 1812. The city is believed to be named for New York's Bowling Green Park, where . . . Map (db m39666) HM
13Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1418 — Bowling Green College of Commerce
Near Avenue of Champions just south of College Heights Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
Became a college of Western Kentucky University in 1963. Founded as part of Glasgow Normal Institute in 1875. School moved to Bowling Green in 1884. Was named Southern Normal School and Business College. In 1907 the schools separated. The . . . Map (db m159181) HM
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14Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Cecelia Memorial Presbyterian Church
On College Street, on the right when traveling east.
History The Cecelia Memorial Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest church buildings in Warren County. It was built in 1847 for the First Christian Church in the Greek Revival style. In 1897 it was sold to the Negro Cumberland Presbyterian . . . Map (db m139443) HM
15Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Civil War Camps — Lost River Cave & Valley —
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W) west of Cave Mill Road, on the left when traveling west.
During the Civil War, Confederate and Union forces camped at or near the Lost River Cave Valley. It is estimated that up to 40,000 troops of the Union Army's 14th Corps were here before transferring to Nashville and then fighting in the battle of . . . Map (db m162512) HM
16Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1024 — Civil War Occupations
On Park Row at College Street on Park Row.
Threatened by Union forces to the west, CSA, who had occupied city five months and fortified hills, planned to evacuate Feb. 14, 1862. Other Federals came from north and bombarded from across the river. CSA set fire to depot and warehouses, as . . . Map (db m39658) HM
17Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Civil War Rifle Trench
Near Center Street south of East 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Bowling Green's Civil War Defenses The Confederate army occupied Bowling Green from September 1861 to February 1862. During that time, troops camped nearby to guard against a Union attack coming through the open ground between Fort Webb and . . . Map (db m123093) HM
18Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1051 — College Hill
On East Main Street near Park Street, on the right when traveling south.
Now known as Reservoir Hill, one of nine key fortifications of CSA defense during 1861 Civil War occupation of Bowling Green. Felled trees with sharpened ends were placed as cavalry barriers. Stones from a college building under construction went . . . Map (db m39657) HM
19Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — College Street Bridge
Near Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Street, on the right when traveling north.
A.D. 1915 Erected by Vincennes Bridge Co. Vincennes, Ind. Henry H. Denhardt, Co. Judge M.H. Crump, Road Engineer The first bridge erected on this site in 1839. Was burned by soldiers Feby 14th, 1862. It was rebuilt in 1864, and again . . . Map (db m198779) HM
20Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — College Street Commercial Development
On College Street at E 6th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on College Street.
Until the early 1940s, the College Street Bridge was the chief entrance to Bowling Green from the Barren River’s northern short. A Lively Commercial Corridor As one of the city’s main corridors, College Street boasted a number of commercial . . . Map (db m139384) HM
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21Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Confederate Monument of Bowling Green
On St. Joseph Lane, 0.2 miles north of Fairview Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
To the Confederate Dead 1861.     1865. Map (db m123091) WM
22Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 67 — Confederate State Capital of Kentucky
On College Heights Boulevard, on the right when traveling west.
Bowling Green named state capital at the Convention in Russellville November 20, 1861. First Governor, George W. Johnson. Commissioners to the Confederate Congress, William Preston, W.W. Simms and Henry Burnett.Map (db m129939) HM
23Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Covington Building415 Park Row
On Park Row, on the right when traveling south.
History The Covington Building was constructed in the 1860s when the chilly side of the square was known as “frozen row”. Built for Joseph Covington, an attorney, director of a local bank, and a noted “stump speaker” at Democrat rallies, . . . Map (db m138950) HM
24Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Defending the L&N Railroad
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling north.
Building a Defence Stockade for the L&N Trestle on the Big Barren River Railroad tracks, trestles and tunnels were frequent targets of Confederate cavalry raids and infantry attacks. During his "lightening raids" into Kentucky, Confederate General . . . Map (db m39670) HM
25Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2240 — Eliza Calvert Hall, 1856-1935
On Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south.
Lida Calvert Obenchain (“Eliza Calvert Hall”), suffragist, press superintendent of Ky. Equal Rights Assn., poet, author. Her most famous story, “Sally Ann’s Experience” (1898), protested women’s inequality. President . . . Map (db m128207) HM
26Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2282 — Ernest Hogan
On 401 Kentucky Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west.
Born Reuben Crowdus on April 17, 1865 in Bowling Green, Ky. He left home at age 12 to sing in minstrel shows. He became prominent as a songwriter in the 1890s. In 1895, he wrote “La Pas Ma La” & promoted it as first published ragtime . . . Map (db m39656) HM
27Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Felts Log Houseca. 1815 Logan County
On Kentucky Street (U.S. 68).
Originally built by Archibald Felts on land near the Gasper River, this log house had remained relatively unchanged over the years. Recognized as a fine example of regional craftsmanship, it was moved here in 1980. Important characteristics include . . . Map (db m47606) HM
28Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fort Albert Sidney Johnston
Near Hilltop Drive at College Heights Boulevard, on the left when traveling west.
General Simon Bolivar Buckner occupied Bowling Green September 18, 1861. General Albert Sidney Johnston, Commander Confederate Army of the West, move headquarters to Bowling Green October 28, 1861. He began the erection of this fort. . . . Map (db m138737) HM
29Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fort C. F. Smith
On High Street.
Construction of this strong defensive work began in 1862 during the Confederate occupation of Bowling Green. After the Confederates abandoned the city the Union Army completed the fortification, named Fort C. F. Smith in honor of General . . . Map (db m39672) HM
30Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1458 — Fort Webb
On Fort Webb Drive at Beech Bend Road, on the right when traveling south on Fort Webb Drive.
Constructed by CSA during early days of Civil War. One of numerous fortifications in Bowling Green area used by CSA and Union forces. Located at head of navigation on Barren and Green River systems, Bowling Green became an important stronghold . . . Map (db m39406) HM
31Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fort Webb and Civil War Earthworks
On Fort Webb Drive, on the left when traveling north.
In 1860, Bowling Green was a thriving city of about 2500 inhabitants with many local businesses, a woolen factory, a candle factory, several mills, an iron foundry, and a newspaper. This city was vital to the war effort of both sides because of . . . Map (db m39674) HM
32Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fountain Square
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Welcome to the heart of Bowling Green! At any given time you might find a concert, wedding, hear a politician or even see Santa Clause when the Square is illuminated for Christmas. Frontier Courthouse Square Settlers trickled into this . . . Map (db m138946) HM
33Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — General Dynamics F-111FColonel Arnie Franklin USAF
Near Three Springs Road at Smallhouse Road.
  Arnold L. "Arnie" Franklin, Jr. was born in Franklin, KY, and his family moved to Bowling Green, KY, when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1962 and Western Kentucky University in 1966. He joined the USAF . . . Map (db m84263) HM
34Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Gerard Hotel
On Park Row, on the right when traveling south.
History Constructed shortly after the Civil War and listed in the 1876-77 City Business Directory as one on nine hotels in the center of town, the Gerard building is probably the oldest hotel still standing in Bowling Green. Its street floor . . . Map (db m139223) HM
35Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Getty BuildingHistory
On East Main Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
This three story building, featuring a limestone facade with a cast iron store front, was constructed in 1871 by John Getty to house a dry goods store. After being sold to Getty's nephew, Cuthbertson, and then to the Nahm Brothers, it was the . . . Map (db m139234) HM
36Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Grumman F9F-5 PantherLCDR John Joseph Magda, USN
Near Three Springs Road (Kentucky Route 884) at Smallhouse Road, on the left when traveling north.
John Joseph Magda, Jr. was born in Camp Taylor,KY 1918. He attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, KY. After graduation in 1940, he enlisted in the United States Navy and completed flight training at Pensacola Naval Air . . . Map (db m47719) HM
37Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Henry Hardin CherryNovember 19, 1864-August 1, 1937
On College Heights Blvd. at College Avenue on College Heights Blvd..
Leader of the movement to establish Kentucky Normal Schools and teachers College. President Southern Normal School 1892-1906. President Western Kentucky State Teacher's College1906- 1937.Map (db m47601) HM
38Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1127 — Hobson House
Located at the West end of Main St. Home of Col. Atwood G. Hobson, lawyer, banker and Union officer, begun, 1860. During Confederate occupation of Bowling Green, 1862, CSA Gen. Simon B. Buckner saved house at request of his friend, USA General W. E. . . . Map (db m40073) HM
39Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 769 — Home of Thomas Hines
On Fairview Avenue (Kentucky Route 234) 0.1 miles east of Riverwood Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
Capt. Thomas Henry Hines enlisted in the Confederate Army, 1861. With Brig. Gen. John H. Morgan, 1862-63. Captured, July '63, in Ohio with Morgan. Led escape from Federal prison, Nov. '63. Leader of northwest conspiracy '64. Termed most dangerous . . . Map (db m83325) HM
40Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1831 — Home/Office of Duncan Hines 1941-1959
On Louisville Road (U.S. 68-80).
Authority on restaurants and lodgings in U.S. Born in Bowling Green, 1880. From places visited on business trips, he noted good eating places and inns. That led to annual editions of Adventures in Good Eating and Lodging for a Night. . . . Map (db m128208) HM
41Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1792 — Jacob Skiles and Three Springs
On Three Springs Road (Kentucky Route 884) 0.1 miles south of Smallhouse Road, on the right when traveling south.
Pioneer merchant Skiles started to Ky. in 1790 by Ohio River flatboat, surviving Indian capture en route. He settled in Bowling Green, 1803, and later moved to Three Springs on the Cumberland Trace. Here he established a thriving mercantile . . . Map (db m83355) HM
42Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1882 — James T. Morehead, (1797-1854)
On East 10th Avenue at College Street, on the right when traveling east on East 10th Avenue.
Ky.'s first native son to become governor was born in Bullitt Co. but reared in Logan Co. He read law under John J. Crittenden; began practice in Bowling Green. Served in Ky. House of Rep., and elected lt. gov. At Gov. Breathitt's death, Morehead . . . Map (db m83348) HM
43Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — John Hunt Morgan — Lost River Cave & Valley —
Near Nashville Road (U.S. 31), on the right when traveling north.
The leader of "Morgan's Raiders" a special Confederate unit which operated behind Union lines during the Civil War, hid with his force in the Lost River Cave following their burning of the depot at South Union in Logan County. Morgan recounts this . . . Map (db m199109) HM
44Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2052 — Jonesville
On University Drive (Business U.S. 68) at Avenue of Champions, on the right when traveling north on University Drive.
Side 1 This African American community was founded after the Civil War. It was bordered by Dogwood Dr., Russellville Road, and the railroad tracks. The community grew to include several hundred residents, an elementary school, businesses, . . . Map (db m138732) HM
45Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2322 — Lillian H. South1879-1966
On East Main Street at Park Street, on the right when traveling north on East Main Street.
A native of Warren Co., Ky., she exerted a powerful influence on public health in Ky. South earned her MD in 1904 and returned to Bowling Green to practice medicine, establishing St. Joseph’s Hospital in her family’s home on 12th St. She served . . . Map (db m39660) HM
46Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting StarGen. Russell Elliott Dougherty, USAF
Near Three Springs Road at Smallhouse Road.
General Dougherty is a native of Glasgow, KY, having been born there November 15, 1920. He graduated from Western Kentucky University then received a law degree from the University of Louisville. Honorary degrees have been bestowed upon him from . . . Map (db m84258) HM
47Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1187 — Long Hunters
On East 10th Avenue at College Street, on the right when traveling east on East 10th Avenue.
An exploring party of 13 “Long Hunters,” so named because of the long periods of time spent away from home, camped along Barren River in 1775. Their names were carved on a beech tree, a silent record of the first white men in this area. . . . Map (db m83346) HM
48Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lost River Blue Holes, Trees, Wild Flowers And Quarrying Ruins — Lost River Cave & Valley —
Near Nashville Road (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling north.
Three additional blue holes are accessible from the several miles of trails which course through the cave valley. Conserved as an "urban forest", the 23 acre site contains over 50 species of native trees and wild flowers including . . . Map (db m162511) HM
49Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lost River Cave & ValleyNational Register of Historic Places — Lost River Cave & Valley —
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W), on the left when traveling west.
Both the historical and the archaeological categories of the National Register of Historic Places include the Lost River Cave and Valley. Native American artifacts found at this site establish habitation from 7,500 B.C. The cave and valley are rich . . . Map (db m162513) HM
50Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lost River Cave and Valley
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W).
At various times during the Civil War, the Confederate and Union armies were garrisoned in Bowling Green. Many encamped around Lost River Cave. Soldiers on both sides recorded their impressions of Lost River Cave and Valley in diaries and letters. . . . Map (db m39673) HM
51Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot
On Kentucky Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west.
The L&N’s Debut - 1859
Traveling by train was exciting. Steam power locomotives meant a new age for passengers and freight. After nine years of construction, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad made its first run through Bowling Green in . . . Map (db m39655) HM
52Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lower College Street
On State Street, on the right when traveling east.
College Street was a major transportation artery into the city of Bowling Green and it was lined with an eclectic mix of businesses, residences, churches, and light industry. Two influential African American women, Cecelia Lillard and Ora Frances . . . Map (db m139442) HM
53Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom IIBrigadier General Edward Cherry, USAF
Near Three Springs Road (Kentucky Route 884) at Smallhouse Road, on the left when traveling north.
General Cherry was born in Youngstown, OH, on March 4, 1939 and moved to Bowling Green, KY as an infant. He and his family lived here until his father Henry Hardin Cherry Jr., began his career as an aeronautical engineer after serving in World War . . . Map (db m47720) HM
54Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1665 — McFadin's Station
On Porter Pike (Kentucky Route 1402).
First settlement in Warren County, 1/4 mi. east, was on north side of Barren River near mouth of Drake's Creek. Andrew McFadin, Rev. War soldier from N.C., surveyed area and established station, 1785. It was a popular stopover on Cumberland Trace. . . . Map (db m128210) HM
55Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 981 — McFadin's Station / Cumberland Trace
On Cumberland Trace Road (Kentucky Route 2158) 0.8 miles north of Scottsville Road (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling north.
McFadin's Station The first in this area, 1785. On north bank of Barren River, built by Andrew McFadin (McFadden), one of 8 brothers from N.C., all of whom fought in Revolutionary War. Five of them later came to Ky., settled along . . . Map (db m83356) HM
56Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Modern Automotive District
On East 7th Street at State Street, on the right when traveling north on East 7th Street.
The Nation Embraces the Automobile Automobile travel swept Bowling Green and the rest of the nation during the 1920s. Drivers enjoyed the freedom of traveling by car on the Dixie highway from Michigan to Florida. People stopped in Bowling . . . Map (db m139385) HM
57Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Morgan's Command Organized
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W).
Fall 1861 On September 20, 1861 John Hunt Morgan left Lexington, Kentucky with two wagons full of arms he had taken from the Lexington Armory. Eight days later he and his men, the Lexington Rifles arrived in Bowling Green and began his service . . . Map (db m39671) HM
58Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Morris Jewelry
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
History Watches, engagement rings, jewelry – for more than one hundred and thirty years, people have been visiting this building in search of the perfect engagement ring of special gift for loved ones. The worn hardwood floors and the . . . Map (db m138948) HM
59Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Northrop T-38A(N) TalonCol. Terrence ("Terry") W. Wilcutt, USMC
Near Three Springs Road at Smallhouse Road.
Col. Wilcutt is a native of of Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, having been born there October 31, 1949. He graduated from Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky in 1967 and earned a B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University . . . Map (db m154155) HM
60Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1360 — Ogden College
On States Street at College Heights Avenue on States Street.
Founded here, 1877, with funds left by Robert Ogden, local businessman. Filled educational gap, as there were no public schools here until 1882. Prep school accredited in 1919. Ogden's criteria: regular attendance, gentlemanly deportment, diligent . . . Map (db m159191) HM
61Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1573 — Old Stagecoach Stop
On Louisville Road (U.S. 31W).
Built in 1841 by Samuel Murrell, this house was a well-known inn and stagecoach stop on Louisville-Nashville road until the L&N Railroad was completed in 1859. This property previously belonged to Susannah Henry Madison, wife of General Thomas . . . Map (db m128211) HM
62Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1063 — Old Union Church
On Old Union Church Road, 0.1 miles west of Matlock Old Union Road, on the left when traveling west.
Legislative Act of 1795 gave right to 200 acres for each settler in Green River country. This brought many from Carolinas. Among them were Baptists, two preachers, who constituted Union Church in 1795. John Hightower first pastor served until . . . Map (db m159177) HM
63Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. History
Near Alumni Drive.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were . . . Map (db m138763) HM
64Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2149 — Ora Porter
On State Street, 0.1 miles south of East 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Ora Porter, born in Butler Co., in 1880, moved to Bowling Green at age 10. She graduated from Tuskegee Institute School of Nursing and was among the earliest registered nurses in Ky. She was an organizer of the George Washington Carver Community . . . Map (db m83334) HM
65Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1191 — Pioneer Surveyor
On Covington Street at East 11th Avenue on Covington Street.
General Elijah M. Covington of the Kentucky Militia came here from North Carolina in 1795 to farm and survey. Acquired 23,000 acres in Warren, Logan, Edmonson counties. He became Warren County's first sheriff and surveyor. Helped to select the early . . . Map (db m83352) HM
66Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1417 — Potter College
On College Heights Blvd..
School for girls founded 1877 as Cedar Bluff Female College near Woodburn. Part of the staff moved to Bowling Green in 1899 and began Potter College. Located on Vinegar Hill, now part of the campus of Western Kentucky University. School closed in . . . Map (db m128332) HM
67Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2598 — Presbyterian Church
On College Street south of East 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Pioneer Cemetery, the earliest public burying ground in Bowling Green, was established in 1811. The Presbyterian Church was later constituted on these grounds on April 9, 1819 by Rev. Joseph B. Lapsley (1779-1823). His remains are interred here at . . . Map (db m159192) HM
68Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Princess Theatre
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
History Bowling Green’s earliest “movie houses” were managed y John P. Masters and owned by Crescent Amusements of Nashville. The Elite Theatre opened in June, 1911 in what is now known as the Ogden Building on the corner of . . . Map (db m138947) HM
69Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Protecting A Natural Treasure — Lost River Cave & Valley —
Near Nashville Road (U.S. 31W) just south of Cave Mill Road, on the right when traveling west.
In 1986, recognizing the geological, archaeological and historical significance of the lost river cave and the mile-long Karst Valley, property owners. Raymond and Ann Cravens Leroy and Dorothy Highbaugh Owen and Mary Lawson . . . Map (db m162510) HM
70Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Quigley-Younglove BuildingHistory
On State Street at East Main Street, on the right when traveling north on State Street.
The Quigley-Younglove Building was constructed in 1837 by Thomas Quigley for his home and dry goods business. It is the oldest building on Fountain Square and one of the few remaining buildings on the square designed in the once popular Federal . . . Map (db m139229) HM
71Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Residential Architecture
On College Street at East 6th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on College Street.
This immediate area was chiefly residential with commercial properties primarily located on College and Adams Streets. Sandwiched between those two major streets was a neighborhood, a place that people called home. The variety of houses built . . . Map (db m139386) HM
72Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2158 — Shake Rag
On East 2nd Avenue at State Street, on the right when traveling east on East 2nd Avenue.
Side 1 This African American community was founded in the 1800s. Bordered by the river and High, Ky., and 7th Sts., the area grew to include hundreds of residents, two schools, businesses, and churches. The architecture of Shake Rag . . . Map (db m83332) HM
73Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Spanish - America War Memorial
On East 10th Street at College Street, on the left when traveling north on East 10th Street.
"You triumphed over obstacles which would have overcome men less brace and determined." President McKinley 438 131 Every man a volunteer Erected in honor of the veterans of the Spanish-American War by the Department of Kentucky . . . Map (db m143048) WM
74Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — St. Joseph's Historic District
On Church Avenue.
Railroad Workers' Neighborhood Much of downtown Bowling Green west of Louisville & Nashville tracks owes its development to the railroad and to nearby industries. Most railroad workers stayed in downtown hotels prior to the mid-1880s when . . . Map (db m47597) HM
75Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Standard Filling Station No. 1
On East 7th Street at College Street, on the right when traveling north on East 7th Street.
On July 18, 1921, Standard Oil of Kentucky purchased this lot to construct Residential Filling Station No. 1. It was most likely the first filling station in the area. Standard Oil built a second station No. 2 at the corner of 12th and High Street. . . . Map (db m139389) HM
76Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2618 — State Street United Methodist Church
On East 11th Avenue north of State Street, on the left when traveling north.
Reverend Andrew Monroe, a circuit rider, conducted the first Methodist service in Warren County in 1809 at a local tavern. By 1819, a Methodist Society held meetings at a home on Center Street. In 1820, the first church was constructed and . . . Map (db m160060) HM
77Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2333 — T. C. Cherry Elementary
On Liberty Way at Jones Drive, on the left when traveling west on Liberty Way.
Side 1 Named for Dr. Thomas Crittenden Cherry, who was superintendent of the Bowling Green schools for 32 years (1905-37). T. C. Cherry Elem. began educating children in the fall of 1950. It housed grades K-8, which included the first . . . Map (db m137086) HM
78Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Barren River
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Street, on the right when traveling north on Riverview Drive.
The Barren River is the Green River's largest tributary and is named for the barrens, large treeless grasslands found along its course. The first small steamboat reached Bowling Green in 1828. A series of locks and dams completed in 1838 make the . . . Map (db m39665) HM
79Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Bridge
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Drive, on the left when traveling north on Riverview Drive.
Four bridges have spanned the Barren River at this site. The center pylon dates from the first bridge that was built in 1838. The Confederate Army burned the 1838 wooden bridge when evacuating Bowling Green in 1862. The current bridge was built in . . . Map (db m39667) HM
80Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Civil War in Bowling Green
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at Center Street on Riverview Drive.
Because of its important transportation routes, both armies recognized Bowling Green's strategic location during the Civil War. The city was occupied briefly by Confederate troops, who used many of the surrounding hills for fortifications. For the . . . Map (db m39669) HM
81Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Confederate Monument
On Fairveiw Avenue (Kentucky Route 234) at St. Joseph Lane on Fairveiw Avenue.
This monument created due to the efforts of George B. Payne. In 1875 Payne lived in Topeka, Kansas. During the Civil War Payne was a private in the 4th Kentucky Infantry. He served as a courier for Gen. John C. Breckinridge and spent time during . . . Map (db m39624) HM
82Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Hobson Family
On West Main Avenue, 0.3 miles north of Brownslock Road, on the right when traveling north.
The Hobson Home Situated beside the Barren River and atop a hill, Atwood and Juliette Hobson's lovely Italianate style house captured the breeze as well as people's attention. Started before the Civil War, the conflict prevented the house . . . Map (db m148865) HM
83Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Limestone Bluffs
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Street, on the right when traveling north on Riverview Drive.
The Barren River's bluffs generally consist of oolitic limestone. Subterranean erosion has resulted in a very unique karst topography which includes a proliferation of caves and sinkholes. High quality limestone was once quarried in Warren County . . . Map (db m39668) HM
84Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Nahm Building
On 422 E. Main Street.
~~History~~ The Nahm Building was constructed in 1888 by Emanuel Nahm for the E. Nahm & Co. Clothing, Hats & Shoes store. It enjoyed a prime location on Main Street in Fountain Square. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Fountain . . . Map (db m47600) HM
85Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Old Mill Dam
Near Nashville Road (U.S. 31W) 0.1 miles north of Dishman Lane, on the right when traveling north.
Rebuilt in 1933, the historic Mill Dam impounded water used to power the water wheel. For over 20 years, the water powered a turbine driven hydroelectric generator which produced 15 kilowatts, and produced 14.8 horsepower from a head of 13 1/2 feet. . . . Map (db m196565) HM
86Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Presbyterian Churchof Bowling Green
On East 10th Avenue just west of State Street, on the right when traveling east.
History The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green was designed by architect Hugh Roland (1792-1852) in Gothic Revival style. Roland is known for designing public and private buildings in Kentucky and Tennessee. Construction began in 1833, but . . . Map (db m175139) HM
87Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Tourist Court
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W) 0.1 miles south of Cave Mill Road, on the right when traveling north.
The river Tourist Court was operated for close to two decades following the opening of the "Underground Nite Club" in the mid-1930's. It was not uncommon for couples to spend their honeymoon in the Tourist Court which had cabins built over-looking . . . Map (db m143066) HM
88Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2182 — Training School-College High
On College Heights Blvd, on the left when traveling north.
Side 1 The model training school opened September 17, 1906, on College Street. It offered 4 grades for Western teacher training. In 1911 moved to future site of Cherry Hall. Grades 5-8 added by 1913. Ties to city schools severed & 9th . . . Map (db m138735) HM
89Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Turpin BuildingHistory
On State Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Turpin Building, constructed in 1872 for Mary Turpin, features one of Bowling Green’s finest facades. Italianate in style, it is faced with stone trademarked by the Warren County White Stone Quarry as “Bowling Green Stone”. The . . . Map (db m139225) HM
90Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Underground Nite Club
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31) west of Nashville Road, on the left when traveling west.
The opening of this unique "Nite Club" was heralded in Billboard magazine in 1933. Many dances featuring big bands of the period were held here to about 1960. Collegiate, high school and local social clubs held formal dances here, and many . . . Map (db m198536) HM
91Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Veterans of the American RevolutionWarren County, Kentucky
On East 10th Street at College Street, on the left when traveling north on East 10th Street.
Andrew Alexander · Charles Allen · Isaiah Alley · Miles Bellowes · Richard Bettersworth · John Billingsley · William Brown · Benjamin Bryant · John Byron · William Carson · Abner Casey · Micajah Clark · John Claspill · Augustine Clayton · . . . Map (db m143061) WM
92Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade
On College Heights Blvd..
The W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade is named in honor of a Marion, Kentucky native, who was an excellent student and superior athlete at Western Kentucky University from 1924-1928. He was among the students who faithfully worked to convert this site . . . Map (db m47610) HM
93Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 987 — Warren County / Portage Railroad
On East 10th Avenue at College Street, on the right when traveling east on East 10th Avenue.
Warren County Established by Legislature, 1796, as the 24th county of Kentucky. Formed from part of Logan County. Parts of Barren, Allen, Edmonson, and Simpson counties later taken from original Warren boundaries. Named for Maj. Gen. . . . Map (db m83350) HM
94Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Warren County CourthouseHistory
On East 10th Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
The Warren County Courthouse was erected 1867-1869 at a cost of $125,000. Designed by architect D.J. Williams, the structure incorporates elements from the Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles. This was the third courthouse for . . . Map (db m139240) HM
95Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1201 — Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers / Warren County's Awards
Near East 10th Avenue at College Street.
Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers Brig. Gen. William E. Hobson   1st Brig., 2nd Div., 23rd Corps Col. Benj. C. Grider, 9th Ky. Inf. Col. J. H. Grider, 52nd Ky. Inf. Col. P. B. Hawkins, 11th Ky. Inf. Col. Atwood G. . . . Map (db m174319) HM
96Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Western Kentucky University
On Riverview Drive (U.S. 31W) at College Street, on the right when traveling west on Riverview Drive.
Looking up College Street, one can view the cupola of Cherry Hall at Western Kentucky University. Western Kentucky University was founded in 1906 and achieved university status in 1966. Because of its unique location high above the city and . . . Map (db m143062) HM
97Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1401 — William Taylor Runner Roadside Park
On Nashville Road (U.S. 31W) just north of Oak Grove Way, on the left when traveling north.
Runner (1890~1969) planned this, first roadside park in area, 1948. Officer U.S. Army, Mexican Campaign and World War I. Employed by Highway Department in 1930; Superintendent of Roadside Improvement for this District (1947 to 1960). Dedicated . . . Map (db m143069) HM
98Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Williams BuildingHistory
On State Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Williams Building, constructed circa 1880, is an archetypal nineteenth century “two-part” commercial block building. Its importance rests not in its individual distinction, but more in the quiet contribution it makes to the . . . Map (db m139228) HM
99Kentucky (Warren County), Richardsville — 662 — Old Meeting House
On Richardsville Rd. (Kentucky Route 263).
Green River Union Meeting House, part of Great Frontier Revival of early 1800's, and burial ground are three miles northwest. Huguenots came 1806 and 1814, organized and built log church, then about 1845 present meeting house. Methodists, Baptists, . . . Map (db m127786) HM
100Kentucky (Warren County), Rockfield — 1954 — Providence Knob Baptist Church
On Browning Providence Road (Kentucky Route 1083), on the right when traveling west.
Oldest Missionary Baptist Church in Warren Assoc., it was organized in Sept. 1804 with nine members. Five churches in Bowling Green and Warren Co. have formed from the parent church, including First Baptist Church of Bowling Green, 1818. Two . . . Map (db m137085) HM
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Sep. 25, 2022