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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clark County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Clark County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Clark County, IN (51) Floyd County, IN (66) Jefferson County, IN (73) Scott County, IN (22) Washington County, IN (15) Jefferson County, KY (357) Oldham County, KY (28) Trimble County, KY (6)  ClarkCounty(51) Clark County (51)  FloydCounty(66) Floyd County (66)  JeffersonCounty(73) Jefferson County (73)  ScottCounty(22) Scott County (22)  WashingtonCounty(15) Washington County (15)  JeffersonCountyKentucky(357) Jefferson County (357)  OldhamCounty(28) Oldham County (28)  TrimbleCounty(6) Trimble County (6)
Jeffersonville is the county seat for Clark County
Adjacent to Clark County, Indiana
      Floyd County (66)  
      Jefferson County (73)  
      Scott County (22)  
      Washington County (15)  
      Jefferson County, Kentucky (357)  
      Oldham County, Kentucky (28)  
      Trimble County, Kentucky (6)  
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1 Indiana, Clark County, Borden — 10.1995.1 — Borden Institute Site
Coeducational school founded 1884 by William W. Borden primarily to serve children of southern Indiana farmers. Low-cost, progressive program included teacher preparation and laboratory-based scientific studies. School closed 1906. Borden also . . . Map (db m74115) HM
2 Indiana, Clark County, Borden — Old Borden Tavern / Borden Museum
Old Borden Tavern Here William W. Borden’s mother kept a tavern 1824 to 1851. As a memorial to his parents, the Old Tavern, which was built in 1819, was incorporated into the buildings of the Borden Museum. Borden Museum Erected . . . Map (db m74116) HM
3 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — Downs House
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m206893) HM
4 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — 10.1998.1 — Fern Grove and Rose Island Resorts
Nearby is site of former popular Ohio River regional recreation area known from 1880s as Fern Grove. David Rose expanded facilities in 1923 – including an amusement park and a swimming pool – and named it Rose Island. Major access was by car to . . . Map (db m206818) HM
5 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — First Masonic Capital of Indiana
Historic Charlestown was the seat of the Grand Lodge of Indiana its first year, 1818. In this frontier village Alexander Buckner, first Grand Master of Masons and later U.S. Senator from Missouri, practiced law.Map (db m206895) HM
6 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — 10.1966.1 — Grave of Jonathan Jennings(1784-1834) — (Two blocks east) —
Indiana Territorial Delegate to Congress, 1809-1816. President of Indiana Constitutional Convention, June, 1816. First Governor of Indiana, 1816-1822. Member of Congress, 1822-1830.Map (db m206887) HM
7 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016
… our parks and preserves are not mere picnicking places. They are rich storehouses of memories and reveries. They are a solace to the aged and an inspiration to the young. – Richard Lieber, Founder, Indiana State . . . Map (db m206872) HM
8 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — 10.2012.1 — John Work Home and Mill
John Work, born 1760 in Pennsylvania, came with family to Clark County, Indiana Territory circa 1804. He purchased land along Fourteen Mile Creek in 1805 and later acquired extensive property in the county. Federal-style brick home here built circa . . . Map (db m206815) HM
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9 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — 10.2021.1 — Mary Garrett Hayca. 1857-1928
Women’s rights activist and political strategist Mary Garrett Hay was born in Charlestown. She worked with the WCTU here and in Indianapolis in the late 1800s, honing her leadership and speaking skills and advancing women’s suffrage. Susan B. . . . Map (db m206885) HM
10 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — Ohio River: the Human Story
Since the beginning of history, people have been drawn to the river for water, food and transportation. 1. The Earliest People Several archaeological sites at Charlestown reveal stories of temporary camps. Mounds in this region date from the . . . Map (db m206831) HM
11 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — Rose Island
From the 1880s until the 1930s, a trip to either Fern Grove or Rose Island would not be complete without either a ride on a steamboat or a walk across a suspension bridge, along with a basket of fried chicken and a dance in the dance hall. . . . Map (db m206833) HM
12 Indiana, Clark County, Charlestown — Site of Green Tree Tavern
Built in 1812 by James Bigger Scene of inaugural ball held in 1816 for Jonathan Jennings Indiana's first governor and scene of infare for his marriage with Clarissa Barbee in 1826Map (db m206889) HM
13 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — Clarksville
First American settlement in the Northwest Territory. 150,000 acres granted to George Rogers Clark and his troops by Virginia in 1781 for war services. Town named and tracts occupied by 1784.Map (db m203544) HM
14 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — Eastern Boundary
Original Town of Clarksville 1783 Oldest English-speaking settlement in the Northwest TerritoryMap (db m206959) HM
15 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — Eleanor Roosevelt
In commemoration of her visit to Clarksville High School, on June 16, 1958. Eleanor Roosevelt entered these doors to speak inside the Clarksville High School Gymnasium. A crowd of nearly 1000 people, including Supreme Court Justice Sherman . . . Map (db m206964) HM
16 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — Fossils at the Falls
By the Way: Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition from this area on October 26, 1803.
Almost 400 million years ago, during the Devonian age, future states Indiana and Kentucky were asleep beneath a warm tropical sea, located about . . . Map (db m206956) HM
17 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — History’s Great Explorers
History’s Great Explorers Lewis & Clark Acclaimed National Heroes The Eastern Legacy October 14, 1803 Meriwether Lewis came from Washington, D.C. and met William Clark at the Falls of the Ohio “When they shook hands, the Lewis . . . Map (db m103856) HM
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18 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — 10.1991.1 — Lewis & Clark Expedition1803-1806
Near this site on October 26, 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with the nucleus of the Corps of Discovery together set off down the Ohio River on their epic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase and Pacific Northwest.Map (db m206962) HM
19 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — River Navigation
River Navigation The Dam - The huge concrete wall that you see is the McAlpine Dam. Its main function is to control water levels for navigation, but its unusual shape, an elongated Z, also provides water for the hydroelectric station while . . . Map (db m103853) HM
20 Indiana, Clark County, Clarksville — Scenic Spans — Ohio River Scenic Byway —
The Ohio River between Clark County, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, provides a treasure of historic bridges. The first bridge to your left is the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, completed in Art-Deco style in 1929. Its original name was the . . . Map (db m198392) HM
21 Indiana, Clark County, Henryville — 10.1987.1 — Birthplace and Childhood Home of Col. Harland Sanders Reported missing
Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken Erected 1987 by these Local Franchisees: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bagshaw Mr. & Mrs. William Bridges Mr. & Mrs. William Bright Mr. & Mrs. Roy Burchel Mr. & Mrs. Lee Cummings Mr. & Mrs. Ralph . . . Map (db m55017) HM
22 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — 2nd Street Bridge Construction
Construction on the $4.7 million George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge started in June 28 and took just over a year to complete with the opening being held October 31, 1929. President Herbert Hoover attended the dedication of the bridge which . . . Map (db m186830) HM
23 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Ammunition Assembley
Charlestown Indiana in the summer of 1940 was a quiet town with a population of 900. By December of that same year the population had grown to over 13,400. Of this number over 10,000 residents worked at a single plant. The “boom” in Charlestown . . . Map (db m206901) HM
24 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Big Four Bridge Collapse
In 1887, the Louisville and Jeffersonville Bridge Company formed to serve as a recelevership in the creation of the Big Four Bridge, which was built to carry the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St Louis Railway. On December 15, 1893, . . . Map (db m186834) HM
25 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Path
Big Four Railroad Bridge was converted into a pedestrian/bicycle path in 2013. The bridge was originally built in 1895 to provide rail access for freight and passengers between Jeffersonville and Louisville. It was closed in 1969. The distance . . . Map (db m186839) HM
26 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Big Four Railroad Bridge
Forty-two workers perished during construction of this bridge, which was built between 1888 and 1895. Through the years, the bridge has been hailed as a monument to those who lost their lives. In 1929, a new bridge was built inside the old . . . Map (db m186837) HM
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27 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — 10.1962.1 — Civil War Hospital
Site of Jefferson General Hospital, the third largest hospital in the United States during the Civil War. Under Dr. Middleton Goldsmith's command it served over 16, 000 patients.Map (db m46647) HM
28 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Civil War Memorial
( Top Section ) Civil War Cemetery On this site, 1861 - 1865, are buried several hundred Union and Confederate Soldiers. Killed in the Western Campaign. Lack of interest from distant families allowed deterioration of the wood grave . . . Map (db m46670) WM
29 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Clark County All Veterans Memorial
In Memory of All Veterans who have Honorably Served our Country.Map (db m46695) WM
30 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Duty Honor Country
Operation Iraqi Freedom · Operation Desert Storm · Operation Enduring Freedom Duty · Honor · CountryMap (db m103852) WM
31 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Flooding
The flood of 1937 was the largest flood known in the modern era in the Louisville area. The Ohio River stretched to be 10 miles wide, with 70% of Louisville submerged and 90% of Jeffersonville. Estimated damage was $250 million which translates . . . Map (db m186840) HM
32 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — General LaFayette
General Lafayette was the official guest of the State of Indiana at Jeffersonville on May 12, 1825 at the house of Former Governor Posey on the West corner of Front and Fort Streets. He was welcomed by the Governor of the the State, by a . . . Map (db m221572) HM
33 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Grisamore HouseBuilt c. 1837
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m206920) HM
34 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — 10.2008.01 — Hannah Toliver
Side A Emancipation Proclamation (1863) did not free slaves in Kentucky. In April 1864, Hannah Toliver, a free black woman living in Jeffersonville, was arrested for aiding a fugitive slave from Kentucky. In May, she was convicted and . . . Map (db m100710) HM
35 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Historic Flood of 1937
In January 1937 the Ohio River flooded, causing damage to nearby towns in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. At one point during the crisis, the entire river, 981 miles long, was above floodstage. Thousands of people lost their homes, and . . . Map (db m186824) HM
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36 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Monumental MemoriesThe Lewman Store Building - circa 1940
Street celebrations and parades were very common in the past and much better attended than some are today. In the picture of what is now Red Yeti, you will notice that the crowd has assembled in front of an Army Surplus store. Post World War II, . . . Map (db m206921) HM
37 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Monumental MemoriesFirst National Bank – circa 1869 Reported unreadable
This Italianate style building had multiple uses. The first floor was the bank and the second floor was office space and meeting rooms. It had a basement with access on the south side and, in the 1890s, the Lyon family was walking here when they . . . Map (db m206922) HM
38 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Old Jeffersonville
The earliest settlement in Jeffersonville was ca. 1786 with the construction of Fort Finney near what is now the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. A settlement grew around the fort which was renamed Fort Steuben in 1791, honoring Baron von Steuben, . . . Map (db m206910) HM
39 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Quartermaster's Quad
Since 1775 Quartermaster's Corps has been responsible for supplying the U.S. Army with food and supplies. The Quartermaster Depot in Jeffersonville was used during five wars, from the Civil War through the Korean conflict. Jeffersonville was . . . Map (db m206904) HM
40 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Railroad Cars to Go
The Ohio Falls Car Works and Locomotive Company was founded in 1864 at a village known as Ohio Falls, which is now part of the Clarksville-Jeffersonville area. Two years later, the company's management was taken over by Joseph White Sprague, whose . . . Map (db m206954) HM
41 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Steamboats and Shipyards
Howard's Shipyard, Barmore Shipyard, French Brothers and later the Sweeney Brothers Shipyard and Foundry all put Jeffersonville on the map as the premier builder of steamboats. Howard's Shipyard also built a number of the LSTs during World War II. . . . Map (db m186829) HM
42 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Taylor High School
Built in 1891 to educate Colored students, grades 1 through 12. The classic two-story building, designed by Arthur Loomis, opened with 10 classrooms, separate entrances and stairways for boys and girls. The building was remodeled in 1949. The . . . Map (db m206907) HM
43 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — The History of Preservation Station
In 1929, the Pennsylvania Railroad built a station on Mitchell Avenue to serve as a freight and passenger depot for Jeffersonville and Clarksville. During the 1937 flood, many of those displaced by the flood waters were taken north by train from . . . Map (db m206915) HM
44 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — U.S. Quartermaster Depot
Located on 10th Street, the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot was built 1871-74 on land donated by the city to the Federal government. It served from the Indian Wars of the 1870s through the Korean War and made many contributions to America, . . . Map (db m186827) HM
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45 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Veterans Memorial
In Honor of those who Served ( Bronze Plaque ) United Spanish War Veterans Veterans of Foreign Wars The American Legion Dedicated May 30, 1955Map (db m46730) WM
46 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Wall Street United Methodist Church1807
The first Methodist sermon was preached in Indiana in 1802. A Methodist circuit rider first preached in Jeffersonville in 1803. Our congregation grew out of that circuit, which was served by Peter Cartwright in 1804. There was no regular meeting . . . Map (db m206949) HM
47 Indiana, Clark County, Jeffersonville — Warder Park
Named in honor of Luther Fairfax Warder Mayor of Jeffersonville, six (6) terms (1875 – 1883 ) – • – (1887 – 1891) He converted the small town into a prosperous, progressive city, was foremost in bringing the . . . Map (db m46767) HM
48 Indiana, Clark County, Memphis — General Jefferson C. Davis 1828-1879
Was born in Clark Co., Ind. Appointed colonel of the 22nd Indiana Infantry. After promotion to brigadier general for service at Pea Ridge, he saw action at Corinth, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga and the Atlantic Campaign.Map (db m161455) HM
49 Indiana, Clark County, Sellersburg — Korean Veterans Memorial1950 - 1953 — Sellersburg Community —
“Lest We Forget” In honor of the courageous men and women who served their country in the Korean War and in memory of those who Sacrificed All. PVT Robert E. Landreth, Jr. Oct. 4, 1951 PFC Thomas K. Jenkins July . . . Map (db m46699) WM
50 Indiana, Clark County, Sellersburg — Vietnam Veterans Memorial — Sellersburg Community —
Dedicated to those from this community who so courageously served and gave their lives. They did so with unselfish Honor and Patriotism. May God bless them. PFC Wm. Gary Smith • USMC 02/21/68 SGT. Willard Skaggs, Jr. • USA . . . Map (db m46698) HM
51 Indiana, Clark County, Sellersburg — World War II Memorial — Sellersburg Community —
( Upper Section ) They lived to bear their Country’s arms and died to save it’s Honor. Sgt Charles W. Snider • 11-4-43 Pfc Lester J. Beyl • 1-31-44 S/Sgt William J. Summers, AAF • 3-8-44 Sgt Kenneth N. Broady • . . . Map (db m46721) WM
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Jun. 6, 2023