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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Calloway County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Calloway 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> Calloway County, KY (22) Graves County, KY (17) Marshall County, KY (14) Trigg County, KY (28) Henry County, TN (28) Stewart County, TN (91)  CallowayCounty(22) Calloway County (22)  GravesCounty(17) Graves County (17)  MarshallCounty(14) Marshall County (14)  TriggCounty(28) Trigg County (28)  HenryCountyTennessee(28) Henry County (28)  StewartCounty(91) Stewart County (91)
Murray is the county seat for Calloway County
Adjacent to Calloway County, Kentucky
      Graves County (17)  
      Marshall County (14)  
      Trigg County (28)  
      Henry County, Tennessee (28)  
      Stewart County, Tennessee (91)  
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1 Kentucky, Calloway County, Dexter — 200 — Wadesboro
Two miles west was District seat of Jackson Purchase area 1818, now being Kentucky's eight and Tennessee's twenty westernmost counties. Settled in 1821 and U.S. Public Land Office opened. Calloway County Seat, 1822-1842. Then it was moved to . . . Map (db m169133) HM
2 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — Calloway County War Memorial
. . . Map (db m151226) WM
3 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 1945 — Calloway Normal College
This institution of higher learning was established by 1899 under the leadership of Rainey T. Wells, later president of Murray State Teachers College. Land for college was deeded to trustees in 1899. Students came from a wide area and boarded in . . . Map (db m169149) HM
4 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 1977 — Cleanth Brooks (1906-94)
Murray native Cleanth Brooks became a major figure in the teaching and study of literature. With fellow Kentuckian Robert Penn Warren, he co-founded the Southern Review and directed attention to close reading of literature -- the "New . . . Map (db m169171) HM
5 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — Confederate Memorial (Murray, Kentucky)
[Front (north) side] Confederate Soldiers [Left (west) side] Murray, KY May 1917 [Rear (south) side] Erected by J. N. Williams Chapter UDC [Right (east) side] In Loving RemembranceMap (db m179598) WM
6 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 825 — County Named, 1822
For Col. Richard Callaway. Came to Ky. With Daniel Boone, 1776. One of the founders of Boonesboro, he instilled confidence in success among other settlers. In one year, 1777, appointed Col. Of Militia; Justice of the Peace; elected a representative . . . Map (db m151224) HM
7 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 2191 — Desegregation of Murray State College
Shortly after the historic U. S. Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education, et. al. decision, Murray State College "with all deliberate speed," welcomed Mary Ford Holland of Kuttawa, Ky., as a student in the summer of 1955. Holland's . . . Map (db m179582) HM
8 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — First Christian Church
National Historic Registry First Christian Church Congregation est. circa 1844 Building 1904Map (db m179588) HM
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9 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 1263 — First Courthouse
First public building in Jackson Purchase area. Built in 1823 for $100, it was originally erected at Wadesboro, Calloway county seat, 1822-42, where its first session of court was held, Feb. 13, 1823. Remained in use till new one built in 1831. . . . Map (db m179560) HM
10 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 1427 — Murray State University
Established 1922. Founder, Rainey T. Wells (1875-1958). His home, where the idea of the University was born, 350 feet SE of here. Dr. Wells second president of Murray State. Gov. Morrow signed bill authorizing two "normal schools” — . . . Map (db m169173) HM
11 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 87 — Stubblefield Birthplace
Nathan Bowman Stubblefield was born near here in 1860. He successfully demonstrated wireless voice transmission as early as 1892. Patents were granted to him in that year.Map (db m179559) HM
12 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 1770 — The Cooperative Program
Under leadership of H. Boyce Taylor, First Baptist Church, Murray, began in 1900 a new approach to church finance. Taylor, pastor 1897-1931, avidly promoted this unified budget plan: appointed chairman of State Baptist committee, 1913, "to consider . . . Map (db m169178) HM
13 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — 2198 — Waters Schoolhouse
This one - room school building, named for Joseph Spillman Waters (1822-1898), its first teacher, once sat near New Concord. School operated from mid -1800s to 1936. Moved here, it was preserved as a representative of the type of school building . . . Map (db m179562) HM
14 Kentucky, Calloway County, Murray — Will Linn House
103 North Sixth Street has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1900Map (db m179585) HM
15 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — Pook TurtlesThe New Ironclad Gunships
Two of the ironclad gunboats that attacked Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, were among several designed by Samuel S. Pook for the U.S. War Department in 1861. They were called "Pook Turtles" because their sloping rectangular sides, called casemates, . . . Map (db m231256) HM
16 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — An Unfinished Fort
Mounds of earth atop this high bluff are the remains of Confederate Fort Heiman. Its commanding view of the Tennessee River made it ideal to support the low-lying, flood-prone Fort Henry across the river. Confederate Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, then . . . Map (db m173073) HM
17 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — Forrest Stages A Raid
In late October 1864 Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and 3,500 Confederate cavalrymen used Fort Heiman as a base to attack Union supply vessels on the Tennessee River. After placing several artillery pieces along this bluff, Forrest's troopers . . . Map (db m173070) HM
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18 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — Fort Heiman
Fort Heiman is part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Named for Confederate Col. Adolphus Heiman who commanded the fort's 1,000-man garrison, Fort Heiman was a small, irregular earthen fortification built here atop Stewart's Hill on the . . . Map (db m173038) HM
19 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — 147 — Fort Heiman
Confederate fort erected in 1861. Federals occupied 1862. Seized by CSA Gen. Forrest in fall 1864. With field cannon his cavalrymen sank 2 Union river transports. Captured another and a gunboat, and commandeered them. Due east, this side of Kentucky . . . Map (db m37939) HM
20 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — 1373 — Gerard Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Gerard Furnace Built 2¼ miles east in 1854 by Browder, Kentucky and Co. Inside it was 24ft. high and 10½ ft. across at widest point, burning locally made charcoal fuel. Its air blast machinery was powered by steam. In 34 weeks of 1857, it . . . Map (db m37941) HM
21 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — Slave Labor
Fort Heiman, in which you are standing, was built almost entirely by slaves from Mississippi and Alabama. Slaves, as well as white laborers pressed into Confederate service, helped to build all three forts guarding the Tennessee and Cumberland . . . Map (db m173046) HM
22 Kentucky, Calloway County, New Concord — Under Union Occupation
After Confederate forces abandoned Fort Heiman in February 1862, Federal troops occupied it until March 6, 1863. The fort was strengthened and became a major supply depot for Union troops and gunboats. A new fortification (Federal Fort) was also . . . Map (db m173033) HM
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Dec. 7, 2023