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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Campbell County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Campbell 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> Campbell County, KY (49) Kenton County, KY (106) Pendleton County, KY (8) Clermont County, OH (122) Hamilton County, OH (342)  CampbellCounty(49) Campbell County (49)  KentonCounty(106) Kenton County (106)  PendletonCounty(8) Pendleton County (8)  ClermontCountyOhio(122) Clermont County (122)  HamiltonCounty(342) Hamilton County (342)
Alexandria and Newport are both the county seat for Campbell County
Adjacent to Campbell County, Kentucky
      Kenton County (106)  
      Pendleton County (8)  
      Clermont County, Ohio (122)  
      Hamilton County, Ohio (342)  
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1 Kentucky, Campbell County, Alexandria — Grants LickCampbell County, Kentucky — Surveyed October 10, 1797 —
Many salt wells located in this area, left over from the last Ice Age. Salt making was an early business in Grant's Lick. John Grant was one of the owners, and the entire area is named for him. Mary (Boone) Bryan — sister to Col. Daniel Boone — is . . . Map (db m175100) HM
2 Kentucky, Campbell County, Alexandria — 1642 — Grant's Lick
Ca. 1793, salt water found here by Samuel Bryan, a nephew of Daniel Boone. John Grant, another Boone nephew, and Charles Morgan helped him drill well, which supplied salt to interior of Ky. This territory was owned by John Grant and named for . . . Map (db m175099) HM
3 Kentucky, Campbell County, Alexandria — 889 — Kentucky's Nineteenth
Campbell County formed, 1794, of parts of Mason, Scott and Harrison Counties, Ky. by legislative act. Named for Col. John Campbell, a Revolutionary War officer, and a Ky. pioneer and statesman. Boone, Kenton, parts of Pendleton and Bracken . . . Map (db m175093) HM
4 Kentucky, Campbell County, Alexandria — 2390 — Mary Boone Bryan
Born in Pa. in 1736, she was the daughter of Squire & Sarah Morgan Boone and younger sister of Daniel Boone. Family moved to N.C. when she was 14. There she met, and in 1755, married William Bryan. With 10 children, they migrated to Ky. via . . . Map (db m175094) HM
5 Kentucky, Campbell County, Bellevue — 1506 — Bellevue Landmark
For many years the tower and nave of this edifice have served as an historic feature of Bellevue. The Sacred Heart Church, built 1874, was first house of worship in this city. Present building, erected 1892-93, was originally called Herz Jesu . . . Map (db m175078) HM
6 Kentucky, Campbell County, Bellevue — 1351 — Bellevue, Kentucky
Incorporated March 15, 1870, on part of original land grant to Gen. James Taylor, pioneer, for whose farm this city was named. A general in War of 1812, banker, and statesman, whose farm was an underground railroad station. President of the first . . . Map (db m49115) HM
7 Kentucky, Campbell County, Bellevue — Toll House
Established in 1875, the Covert Run Turnpike covered two miles from Newport through Bellevue, to Ft. Thomas. By 1916, the turnpike was part of 62 miles of private road in Campbell County. The replica toll arm commemorates the turnpike toll house . . . Map (db m217791) HM
8 Kentucky, Campbell County, Fort Thomas — Fort Thomas Spanish-American War Memorial
In honor of the Sixth Regiment United States Infantry (Eagle and shield bas-relief) For glorious conduct in battle and in memory of the brave officers and men of that command here named who gave their lives for their . . . Map (db m175086) WM
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9 Kentucky, Campbell County, Fort Thomas — 986 — Ft. Thomas Army Post / Rock of Chickamauga
Ft. Thomas Army Post Established by Congress, 1887. Constructed at cost of $3,500,000 on about 111 acres, jurisdiction of which was ceded to U. S. by Kentucky Legislature, 1888. Post was designated Ft. Thomas, 1890. First commander was Col. . . . Map (db m175085) HM
10 Kentucky, Campbell County, Fort Thomas — 2323 — Highland United Methodist Church
The oldest church congregation in Ft. Thomas. Began in the home of Wm. & Alice Taliaferro in 1830. In 1832, log structure was built for Sunday services & served as first school in the area during the week. 1850-52, frame church building was erected . . . Map (db m175082) HM
11 Kentucky, Campbell County, Fort Thomas — 1059 — Hon. Henry Stanbery Reported unreadable
Site of his home, 1857 to 1881. Attorney-General of U.S., 1866-68. Resigned to become one of counsel for President Andrew Johnson in impeachment trial by U.S. Senate, 1868. Johnson reappointed him, but Senate refused to confirm. Resumed practice of . . . Map (db m175081) HM
12 Kentucky, Campbell County, Fort Thomas — 990 — Samuel Woodfill
“Outstanding soldier of the AEF," Gen. Pershing. “The first soldier of America,” Marshal Foch. Given Congressional Medal of Honor, the French Croix de Guerre and Legion of Honor. Alone he destroyed three machine gun nests, . . . Map (db m135046) HM
13 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — “H-Bomb” FergusonMay 9, 1929 — November 26, 2006 — Cincinnati Music History —
Robert Percell “H-Bomb” Ferguson started his colorful Jump Blues career as pianist & Blues shouter the “Cobra Kid”, recording with Jack “The Bear” Parker's orchestra in early 1951. He became “H-Bomb” later that year when he joined Savoy Records and . . . Map (db m187604) HM
14 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1708 — “Tommygun” Inventor
Brig. Gen. John T. Thompson, USA, inventor of Thompson submachine gun, was born here in 1860. A West Point graduate of 1882, he was early advocate of automatic weapons and improved many small arms. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal as Director of . . . Map (db m98032) HM
15 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 315 3rd Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m201107) HM
16 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — A New Perspective: 1865-1900
In 1865, with the Civil War ending, John Roebling was able to resume construction of his famous Suspension Bridge connecting Covington and Cincinnati. The top of the bridge pier on the Covington side immediately became a favorite place for . . . Map (db m174873) HM
17 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — B.H. Kroger House
Circa 1885 Founder, Kroger MarketsMap (db m217801) HM
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18 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Barrels of Beer
James Smith brewed an English style beer in Newport as early as 1798. In the 1840s and 1850s German immigrants introduced the new style lager. Although several breweries operated in Newport after the Civil War, the one established by George . . . Map (db m174788) HM
19 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1776 — Brent Spence (1874-1967)
As chairman of U.S. House Banking and Currency Committee, Spence was delegate to 44-nation Bretton Woods (N. H.) Conference, 1944, to promote fair commerce. This led to creating the International Monetary Fund and Bank, and Spence's . . . Map (db m175107) HM
20 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Bridging the Licking
Text not legible Taylor Keys and Henry Clarcom had just entered the bridge from Covington on horseback. Keys later reported that as he fell his life flashed before him "like a map." But during the fall, he "slapped his hand on his . . . Map (db m174793) HM
21 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Campbell County, Kentucky World War II Monument
(Obelisk) Dedicated to those who served. (small brass plaque) Enclosed in this stone are the names of the men and women of this community who served their country during the . . . Map (db m175077) WM
22 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Cincinnati Skyline Pre-1865
Cincinnati 1800 Twelve years after its founding, Cincinnati was still a rough village of mostly two-story log and frame houses with a population of 750. No real skyline yet existed — unless you count the steeple of First Presbyterian Church . . . Map (db m174863) HM
23 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Defending the Valley
The early settlements in this area were protected by troops stationed directly across the river at Fort Washington in Cincinnati. Once the area was safe from the threat of Indian attack, Fort Washington was closed and a smaller military post, the . . . Map (db m174802) HM
24 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1386 — Dr. Thomas Hinde
Northern Kentucky's first doctor. Born in Oxfordshire, England on July 10, 1737. Graduate of Royal College of Physicians. Served at Quebec with Gen. James Wolfe. In 1765 settled in Virginia; personal physician to Patrick Henry. Chief Surgeon, 1775, . . . Map (db m175075) HM
25 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Flood Walls
A wide variety of flood control projects followed the disastrous flood of 1937. These included the flood walls begun in 1948 in Covington, Newport, Dayton and Bellevue. The Newport flood wall was completed in 1951 at a cost of $7.8 million. . . . Map (db m174859) HM
26 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Floods and Flood Walls
Covington and Newport sit at the confluence of the Ohio and the Licking. Over the years the rivers have brought many benefits — natural beauty, trade, jobs. But they also have brought floods. For generations citizens have accepted as . . . Map (db m174907) HM
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27 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Fort Thomas
General Philip Sheridan arrived in 1887 to find a new site for the military installation housed at the Newport Barracks. Record-setting floods in 1883 and 1884 had finally forced the decision to relocate to higher ground. Northern Kentuckians . . . Map (db m174806) HM
28 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 121 — General James Taylor Home
Underground Railroad station. Mansion built by General Taylor, pioneer, banker, statesman. General in the War of 1812. Original house designed by H.B. Latrobe. Present house build, 1837.Map (db m135084) HM
29 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — James Taylor, Newport's Founder
In 1792 James Taylor sent his two sons, James and Hubbard, to Kentucky to assess 2,500 acres of land awarded him for service in the Revolutionary War. In 1793 the younger James was sent again with instructions to develop and expand those holdings. . . . Map (db m174741) HM
30 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — John Fick House
Built 1888 Carriage trimmerMap (db m217812) HM
31 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1395 — Licking Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Built three blocks east in 1859 by Swift's Iron and Steel Works. As rebuilt in 1869, it was 65 feet high, with a maximum diameter inside of 16 feet. Its annual capacity was 17,000 tons of iron, using Connellsville coke as fuel. Iron mostly converted . . . Map (db m49114) HM
32 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Licking River
Before pioneer families settled Kentucky and Ohio, Native Americans followed the Licking River to the grasslands of central Kentucky to hunt abundant buffalo and deer. The early settlers probably named the river for the many salt licks nestled in . . . Map (db m174777) HM
33 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 507 — Newport ~~ War of 1812
Kentuckians crossed here Aug. 1812 marching to relieve Gen. Hull at Detroit. Took Frenchtown (Monroe) Jan. 18, 1813. Four days later all but 30 were killed or captured. Other Kentuckians gathered here Aug. 31, 1813. Led by Gov. Shelby these men . . . Map (db m175074) HM
34 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Newport Barracks
The Newport Barracks dominated the Northern Kentucky riverfront in the 19th Century. In 1803 Newport founder James Taylor convinced his cousin James Madison, the Secretary of State, to lobby President Thomas Jefferson to locate the military post in . . . Map (db m174781) HM
35 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 599 — Newport Barracks
An early army post, built in 1804, at junction of Licking and Ohio Rivers. In War of 1812 used as a military prison. Kentucky troops assembled here for the Canadian invasion, 1813. Used for training volunteers during Mexican-American War. . . . Map (db m228719) HM
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36 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1730 — Northern Kentucky University / Early Schoolhouse
Northern Kentucky University began as an extension center of University of Kentucky, 1948. It became community college, 1962, and by 1976 was a state university. It moved here from Covington in 1972. The 300-acre NKU campus is part of . . . Map (db m135013) HM
37 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Robert Howat House
Built 1886 Carpenter and builderMap (db m217814) HM
38 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Salem U. M. Church History — United Methodist Church Registered Historic Site No. 105 —
1847 German Methodistism was started in Newport, Ky. 1848 Newport Mission Organized by Mr. Peter Becker 1854 Brick Structure Erected on Seventh and Orchard Streets 1882 Existing Structure Erected at 8th and York . . . Map (db m175102) HM
39 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Skyscrapers and a Stadium: 1900-1972
Cincinnati 1910 Skyscrapers built along Fourth Street during the first decade of the 20th century transformed Cincinnati — and its skyline. Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Historical Society [Photograph] . . . Map (db m174879) HM
40 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 2071 — Southgate Street School
In 1870, the Newport City Council purchased property for a school for African Americans, and three years later a frame house was constructed. Elizabeth Hudson was appointed first African American teacher at salary of $35 per month. Two major events . . . Map (db m135078) HM
41 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — 1151 — St. Paul's Church
For a century and a quarter, a St. Paul's Episcopal Church has stood on this corner. Since 1871, the bell in the towering spire atop this native stone church has rung for services. Here worshipped Gen. James Taylor, War of 1812; Henry Stanbery, who . . . Map (db m175076) HM
42 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Steel Town
By the mid-19th Century Newport emerged as a center of Kentucky's thriving iron and steel industry. In 1850 the Licking Rolling Mill employed 120 workers and annually transformed over 3,000 tons of pig iron into finished product. In 1891 Joseph . . . Map (db m174797) HM
43 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — The Civil War in Northern Kentucky
Cincinnati was threatened by full-scale Confederate attack only once during the Civil War. On August 29, 1862, a Confederate army under General Kirby Smith defeated a poorly trained Union force at Richmond, Kentucky. Three days later Lexington fell . . . Map (db m174804) HM
44 Kentucky, Campbell County, Newport — Welcome to the Dan Beard Riverwalk Trail
The Dan Beard Riverwalk Trail takes you through two states, three cities and across two unique bridges that cross one of America's major rivers, the Ohio River. The Riverwalk leads you across the Ohio River to Newport, across the Licking River to . . . Map (db m174794) HM
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45 Kentucky, Campbell County, Silver Grove — 163 — Mary Ingles
Said to have been first white woman in Kentucky. Captured by Indians in Virginia, July 1755, and taken to Ohio. Later she escaped a salt-making party at Big Bone Lick and made her way across the Kentucky wilderness back to Virginia.Map (db m135043) HM
46 Kentucky, Campbell County, Southgate — 2237 — Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Site of Beverly Hills Supper Club, popular night spot from 1930s—70s. Burnt May 28, 1977 killing 165. Third worst nightclub fire in US; changed building-code enforcement. First disaster case tried as class action suit, merging 300 . . . Map (db m134541) HM
47 Kentucky, Campbell County, Southgate — 2311 — Congressmen Buried in Evergreen
Albert S. Berry was Newport mayor prior to serving in Congress, 1893- 1901. Later became circuit judge. Brent Spence, lawyer & banker prior to serving in Congress, 1931-1963. George Baird Hodge elected to CSA Congress, 1862. Served area . . . Map (db m175108) HM
48 Kentucky, Campbell County, Southgate — 1867 — William H. Horsfall
One of youngest Kentuckians to receive the Medal of Honor for service during the Civil War is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Horsfall, born in Newport, 1847, was a drummer in Company G, First Ky. Infantry (USA). Medal was awarded for saving the life . . . Map (db m62013) HM
49 Kentucky, Campbell County, Wilder — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m175137) HM
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Feb. 27, 2024