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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ballard County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Ballard 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> Ballard County, KY (14) Carlisle County, KY (2) McCracken County, KY (149) Alexander County, IL (34) Pulaski County, IL (13) Mississippi County, MO (7)  BallardCounty(14) Ballard County (14)  CarlisleCounty(2) Carlisle County (2)  McCrackenCounty(149) McCracken County (149)  AlexanderCountyIllinois(34) Alexander County (34)  PulaskiCounty(13) Pulaski County (13)  MississippiCountyMissouri(7) Mississippi County (7)
Wickliffe is the county seat for Ballard County
Adjacent to Ballard County, Kentucky
      Carlisle County (2)  
      McCracken County (149)  
      Alexander County, Illinois (34)  
      Pulaski County, Illinois (13)  
      Mississippi County, Missouri (7)  
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1 Kentucky, Ballard County, Kevil — 2360 — Eagle Rest Plantation
Settled by Scott family ca. 1845. Developed from family farmstead to highly diversified & productive cattle, jack stock and mule ranch. In 1998, recognized by National Cattlemen's Beef Assoc. as one of the oldest cattle ranches in U.S. under . . . Map (db m216302) HM
2 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Burial Mound(Mound C)
Native American Indian of the Mississippian culture were buried in this cemetery mound sometime in the A.D. 1200s. First excavated in 1932 by owner Col. Fain King, the mound was referred to as “Mound C”. A building was constructed over . . . Map (db m58870) HM
3 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Ceremonial Mound
Excavations have shown that building stood on several earlier levels of this mound. We do not know how big those buildings were. This structure is approximately the size of the posthole pattern in the architecture building (Mound B)Map (db m58872) HM
4 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 826 — County Named, 1842
For Capt. Bland Ballard, 1759-1853. Born in Va. Came to Ky. in 1779. Devoted life protecting frontier. Scout for George Rogers Clark's Ohio expedition, 1780. '82; Wabash campaign 1786. In the battles of Fallen Timbers, 1793; Tippecanoe, 1811; River . . . Map (db m18550) HM
5 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 27 — Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson (also known as Camp Crittenden) was the second of two Union Army posts established in Ballard County in September 1861, following the Confederate occupation of Columbus. Fort Jefferson was first established during the American . . . Map (db m18493) HM
6 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross at the Confluence
The story of the cross at Wickliffe began in 1937 when a few members of a community choir, spearheaded by Mrs. Noah Geveden, erected a small wooden cross on a hill at the Ancient Buried City (now known as Wickliffe Mounds Research Center) in . . . Map (db m113749) HM
7 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 1309 — Fort Jefferson Site / Indian Massacre
Fort Jefferson Site Built in 1780 by George Rogers Clark as part of impressive plan of settlement, conceived by Gov. Patrick Henry of Virginia, later pursued by and named for Gov. Thomas Jefferson. The fort was to protect US claim to its . . . Map (db m18639) HM
8 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — King Mounds"Ancient Buried City"
Site of an ancient religious and commercial center of the Mound Builder. Approximately one thousand years old, situated on the only high ground at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Tombs, temples, altars, jewels, dwellings, tools, . . . Map (db m58869) HM
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9 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Lewis & Clark at Old Fort Jefferson
Long before Lewis and Clark stopped near Wickliffe in western Kentucky on their outbound trip to the west, Fort Jefferson had been built in 1780-81 by George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War as an outpost against British-led Indian attacks. . . . Map (db m18548) HM
10 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 2209 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Fort Jefferson
(North Side):Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Fort Jefferson Lewis and Clark and a party of eight men visited the site of Fort Jefferson on Nov. 18, 1803, while on their epic 1803-1806 journey to the Pacific. Fort est. in 1780 by Clark's . . . Map (db m18545) HM
11 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Private First Class Robert Monroe HammondsUnited States Army
Division Patch ☆ Silver Star ☆ Purple Heart ☆ Regimental Crest Private First Class Robert Monroe Hammonds was born on January 9, 1926, the second of six children of Rufus D. and Jettie T. Hammonds. A native of Wickliffe, . . . Map (db m180132) HM WM
12 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 46 — The Prince of the French Explorers
(North Side):The Prince of the French Explorers Commissioned by Louis XIV of France, the Sieur Robert de LaSalle, sweeping down the Mississippi with his flotilla of canoes, stopped in 1682 at this place, in his quest for the mouth of the . . . Map (db m18551) HM
13 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — 757 — Union Supply Base
One of first Kentucky positions, Fort Jefferson, occupied by Union troops after Confederate seizure of Columbus, Sept. 1861. From this base, Gen. U.S. Grant directed demonstration against Columbus, Jan. 1862. Troops from here joined in capturing Ft. . . . Map (db m18519) HM
14 Kentucky, Ballard County, Wickliffe — Welcome to Wickliffe MoundsState Historic Site
Nearly one thousand years ago, this village was home for Native Americans of the prehistoric Mississippian culture. Peaceful farmers, these mound building Indians lived throughout the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. Exhibits at Wicklffe Mounds . . . Map (db m58873) HM
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Dec. 4, 2023