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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Barren County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Barren 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> Barren County, KY (40) Allen County, KY (17) Edmonson County, KY (31) Hart County, KY (61) Metcalfe County, KY (12) Monroe County, KY (36) Warren County, KY (101)  BarrenCounty(40) Barren County (40)  AllenCounty(17) Allen County (17)  EdmonsonCounty(31) Edmonson County (31)  HartCounty(61) Hart County (61)  MetcalfeCounty(12) Metcalfe County (12)  MonroeCounty(36) Monroe County (36)  WarrenCounty(101) Warren County (101)
Glasgow is the county seat for Barren County
Adjacent to Barren County, Kentucky
      Allen County (17)  
      Edmonson County (31)  
      Hart County (61)  
      Metcalfe County (12)  
      Monroe County (36)  
      Warren County (101)  
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1 Kentucky, Barren County, Cave City — 1489 — Cave City Raid
CSA General John Hunt Morgan and a company of troops arrived here, May 11, 1862. They seized a train reported to be carrying some of Morgan's men captured at Lebanon, Tenn. Instead, it carried railroad employees whom he released. Morgan burned the . . . Map (db m321) HM
2 Kentucky, Barren County, Cave City — 1317 — Gen. Joseph H. Lewis1824 - 1904
Confederate Brigadier General, commanded famous “Orphan Brigade” in Civil War. In 1861 he conducted recruiting and training camp here. State legislature, 1850-54, 69-70. US Congress, 1870-73. Member of Kentucky Court of Appeals for 24 years, . . . Map (db m96727) HM
3 Kentucky, Barren County, Cave City — General Joseph H. Lewis
General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the famous Orphan Brigade, established, at the outbreak of the Civil War, a recruitment and training camp here in Cave City. Here he formed the Confederate 6th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, for which he received a . . . Map (db m130009) HM
4 Kentucky, Barren County, Cave City — 4a — Morgan's Cave City Raid
On May 11, 1862 Col. John Hunt Morgan and his advance guard seized the Cave City depot and captured the next train that stopped. Morgan's entire command arrived shortly thereafter. Morgan's troops proceeded to destroy the train; four passenger . . . Map (db m322) HM
5 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 623rd Field Artillery Battalion
Reorganized from the 106th A.A. Automatic Weapons Bn. and redesignated as the 623rd F.A. Battalion. Federally recognized January 29, 1947 with headquarters at Glasgow. Re-entered Federal service January 23, 1951 at Glasgow. The only unit of the . . . Map (db m88128) HM WM
6 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Attack on Fort Williams
October 6, 1863 On October 6, 1863 Confederate Col. John M. Hughes, commanding 129 men of the 25th Tennessee Infantry, attacked Fort Wiliams. The 37th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, some 420 men under the command of Maj. Samuel Martin, . . . Map (db m130010) HM
7 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County Korean Conflict Memorial
Korea      This conflict came within less than five years after World War II. A war fought by a few veterans and many men and women still in their teens. We were oftentimes poorly armed. Fought against a force far superior in numbers. Yet . . . Map (db m88011) WM
8 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County Purple Heart Memorial
This memorial commemorates the sacrifice of those Barren Countians who received the Purple Heart for injury or death as the result of enemy action. They bled and died that we the protected might live in freedom. May we ever be mindful of their . . . Map (db m88121) WM
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9 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County Viet Nam Memorial
Viet Nam This memorial has been placed here as a reminder of the heroism and self-sacrifice of those Barren Countians who answered their country’s call during the Viet Nam Conflict. They did their duty in a trying and difficult time. . . . Map (db m88010) WM
10 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County World War I Monument
This monument has been erected to the lasting memory of those men and women of Barren County who answered the call of their country in the Great War 1917-1918 Dedicated Nov. 11, 1988Map (db m88124) WM
11 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County World War II Monument
This monument is forever dedicated to those brave men and women who answered the call of the colors during W.W.II 1939–1946Map (db m88126) WM
12 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 1255 — Barren County, 1798
Taken from parts of Green and Warren counties. Glasgow, county seat, was founded in 1799. County received name from the “barrens” or prairies of this region.      Early explorers and settlers came through this area. In Civil War, first . . . Map (db m88132) HM
13 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Barren County's Medal of Honor Winners
In Commemoration of Barren County’s Two Congressional Medal of Honor Winners First Sergeant William Logan Day Co. E, 5th United States Cavalry For gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches during 1872-73. . . . Map (db m88130) HM WM
14 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Billy Vaughn
(Front Side) Native son of Glasgow. Internationally acclaimed musical genius, instrumentalist, recording artist, composer, arranger and conductor Received eleven gold and two platinum records (Back Side) . . . Map (db m88123) HM
15 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 544 — Christmas Mishap
On Dec. 24, 1862, main body of Morgan's Raiders made camp south of here. Capt. Quirk and scouts entered town although USA troops patrolled area. CSA scouts wished to celebrate Christmas Eve, and dismounted at tavern. A patrol of 2nd Mich. Cavalry, . . . Map (db m73020) HM
16 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 1133 — Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour / Barren County CSA Medalists
(side 1) Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour The President (CSA), in 1862, was authorized to confer a Medal of Honour upon one enlisted man of each company for “every signal victory.” At first dress-parade, . . . Map (db m73018) HM
17 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Defending Glasgow
Fort Williams Fort Williams was ordered constructed in Glasgow in the spring of 1863. It was during the spring and summer of 1863 that the Union army began to build defensive works at strategic points in Kentucky to defend . . . Map (db m88139) HM
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18 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2474 — F. M. Jones and Bro. General Store
In 1855, John and Francis Marion Jones formed a partnership for selling goods at Myers Steam Mill on Beaver Creek in Barren County. A petition for a post office was granted in 1856 & name changed from Myers Mill to Coral Hill. Store was catalyst . . . Map (db m143082) HM
19 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2425 — First Farmers Rural Electric Co-Op Substation
On Jan. 12, 1939, the Goodnight substation was energized. The circuit powered 107 homes along 51 miles of power line in Barren Co. This substation was the first in Farmers RECC service territory. Electricity improved rural life, increased . . . Map (db m96997) HM
20 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 1951 — First Presbyterian Church
Congregation formed ca. 1802, when Isaac Robertson, a member, donated lot for log structure erected here. Rev. John Howe was first minister. Present Gothic Revival sanctuary built ca. 1853. Church’s style of architecture features Tudor-arched window . . . Map (db m88133) HM
21 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Fort Williams1863 – 1865
On 6 October, 1863, Confederate forces raided Fort Williams. Union losses were 9 KIA, 26 WIA and 226 POW. Confederate losses were 1 KIA and 4 WIA.Map (db m88142) HM
22 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 1290 — Fort Williams
Site of Civil War fort built in spring of 1863. Attacked Oct. 6 by Confederate Col. John M. Hughs and his 25th Tenn. Infantry. US troops under Maj. Samuel Martin surprised. Over 200 horses captured, part of fort burned, and 142 men taken prisoner, . . . Map (db m39405) HM
23 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — General Joseph H. Lewis
General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the famous Orphan Brigade, is buried just down the hill from Fort Williams. The Orphan Brigade was composed of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th Kentucky Infantry regiments along with two batteries of . . . Map (db m72389) HM
24 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Glasgow Municipal Cemetery
The Glasgow Municipal Cemetery is situated on what was originally farmland on the outskirts of town, owned by the Depp and Lynn families. This cemetery is Glagow's third public burying ground. Glasgow's first graveyard was located behind the First . . . Map (db m71563) HM
25 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Headquarters Troop, 123rd CavalryKentucky National Guard
Federalized Jan. 6, 1941 as Battery B, 106th A.A. BN. Sailed for Europe April 30, 1942. Fought in 8 campaigns–Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Captain . . . Map (db m88119) HM WM
26 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2417 — Henry Clay Morrison / Morrison Park(1857~1942)
Henry Clay Morrison Famed Methodist preacher & pioneer of the Holiness movement. He came to Barren Co. at age 2 & was raised by his grandparents near here. He became one of nation’s premiere evangelists and was editor of the Pentecostal Herald . . . Map (db m143080) HM
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27 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 1718 — Home of Arthur Krock / Historic Home
(Side One) Home of Arthur Krock Called dean of Washington newsmen, Glasgow’s native son (1886-1974) grew up here with his grandparents, Emmanuel and Henrietta Morris. He began his career in journalism with the Louisville . . . Map (db m87980) HM
28 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 609 — Home of Gov. Leslie
Preston H. Leslie, born Ky., 1819. Died Montana, 1907. Completed term of Gov. John Stevenson from Feb. to Sept., 1871, when elected 27th Governor of Kentucky. Known for his sound judgment of State affairs and meeting the needs of growing population . . . Map (db m87981) HM
29 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 635 — Long Hunters' Camp
Henry Skaggs and two companions trapping beaver, winter 1770-71, were probably first white men in this area. Named Long Hunters due to long period away from home in the East. Came through Cumberland Gap, 1769, in party led by James Knox. Skaggs’ . . . Map (db m87978) HM
30 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2019 — Luska Joseph Twyman(1913-1988)
Born in Hiseville (Barren Co.). Graduate of Kentucky State Univ.; later member of Board of Regents. Also studied at Indiana Univ. and Peabody Coll. As principal of Ralph J. Bunche School, Twyman led its merger with Glasgow High School to achieve . . . Map (db m82469) HM
31 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Morgan in GlasgowChristmas Raid — December 24, 1862 —
As Morgan’s command was marching out of Alexandria, Tennessee en route to Muldraugh Hill, a battalion of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry was ordered from Gallatin, Tennessee to Munfordville. The two forces met at Glasgow, Kentucky on Christmas Eve, 1862. . . . Map (db m88035) HM
32 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2397 — Nettie B.C. Depp(1874 - 1932)
(Front Side) The first female public official in Barren Co., she was elected in 1913, seven years before women were allowed to vote. She was Barren Co. schools superintendent from 1914-1917. Instrumental in unifying local schools to . . . Map (db m88116) HM
33 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — Our Confederate Dead
C.S.A. Our Confederate Dead 1861—1865Map (db m88127) WM
34 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 687 — Settles Rifles
Prized by frontiersmen, now rare collectors' items; they were made by three Settle generations in Barren County. Starting in 1800, William made flintlocks at Rocky Hill. A son, Felix, had shops in Glasgow, Roseville. Felix's sons, Simon and Willis, . . . Map (db m143078) HM
35 Kentucky, Barren County, Glasgow — 2398 — Willa Brown Chappell(1906 - 1992)
This Glasgow native was the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license in the U.S., 1937. That year, she also earned masters degree from Northwestern Univ. She was first African American officer in Civil Air Patrol (1941) & first . . . Map (db m88118) HM
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36 Kentucky, Barren County, Hiseville — 1365 — Partisan Protected
Civil War’s first Kentucky Federal death, Oct. 10, 1861, 4 miles east. A Union company slipped through the graveyard at night to arrest C.B. Hutcherson, a local Southern sympathizer. Ten poorly equipped recruits from CSA camp of Gen. Joseph Lewis, . . . Map (db m97001) HM
37 Kentucky, Barren County, Horse Cave — 698 — Bear Wallow Reported missing
On CSA invasion of Kentucky, resulting in battle of Perryville, Gen. Leonidas Polk’s wing moved thru here, Sept. 16, 1862, to attack USA troops at Munfordville. Two of Kentucky raids by CSA Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry routed thru here, . . . Map (db m79208) HM
38 Kentucky, Barren County, Park City — 1039 — Bell's Tavern
Erected by Wm. Bell, 1830. Stage stop for his lines that brought visitors to Mammoth Cave when first promoted. Famed in U.S. and Europe for elite patrons, cuisine and magic peach and honey brandy for “Joy before the journey’s end”, until it burned . . . Map (db m96715) HM
39 Kentucky, Barren County, Park City — Diamond Caverns
A trip on the Mammoth Cave Railroad wasn’t comfortable, and it wasn’t posh. It was a means to an end, a destination most of its passengers anticipated with a mixture of excitement and foreboding — the caves. They came by the . . . Map (db m96714) HM
40 Kentucky, Barren County, Park City — 2259 — Diamond Caverns
On July 14, 1859, a slave was lowered into a pit discovered on the farm of Jesse Coats. He saw glistening calcite crystals that he thought were diamonds. The first public tour was made by a wedding party on August 19, 1859. Guidebooks were written . . . Map (db m96712) HM
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Dec. 3, 2023