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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Knox County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Knox 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> Knox County, KY (15) Bell County, KY (56) Clay County, KY (10) Laurel County, KY (41) Whitley County, KY (15)  KnoxCounty(15) Knox County (15)  BellCounty(56) Bell County (56)  ClayCounty(10) Clay County (10)  LaurelCounty(41) Laurel County (41)  WhitleyCounty(15) Whitley County (15)
Barbourville is the county seat for Knox County
Adjacent to Knox County, Kentucky
      Bell County (56)  
      Clay County (10)  
      Laurel County (41)  
      Whitley County (15)  
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1 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — Camp Andy JohnsonUnion Recruiting Camp
Camp Andy Johnson was established…east of Barbourville and there under temporary shelter of brush and rough huts the men were cared for. Cooking utensils were gathered from the surrounding country and provisions bought through a citizen of the . . . Map (db m233522) HM WM
2 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — 518 — Civil War Actions
First skirmish in eastern Ky. On Sept. 19, 1861, Zollicoffer's CSA troops approached Barbourville. Home guard obstructed bridge, CSA took another route, were repulsed twice before guards retreated. Considerable property destroyed in town. CSA Gen. . . . Map (db m35771) HM
3 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — 782 — County Named, 1799
For Henry Knox, U.S. Sec. of War, 1785-96. Born Boston, 1750. Joined Continental Army, 1775. Battles of Bunker Hill, Brandywine, Yorktown, and others. Command of artillery, 1775. Commissioned Major-General, 1781. Proposed a military academy in 1779, . . . Map (db m35774) HM
4 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone 1734 – 1820 “I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." Barbourville, KentuckyMap (db m233401) HM
5 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — 72 — First Cabin in Kentucky
Near here is site of first structure built April 1750 by a white man in Kentucky. Erected by Dr. Thomas Walker's party while exploring in the interest of the Loyal Land Company.Map (db m173105) HM
6 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — First House in KentuckyDr. Thomas Walker Cabin
Within a short distance of what is now Barbourville, an expedition under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Walker established a base for operations while exploring the eastern mountain range of Kentucky. A replica of Dr. Walker's log cabin, 8 by 12 . . . Map (db m35808) HM
7 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — First House in Ky.1750
First House in Ky, by Dr. Thos. Walker , Ambrose Powell, Wm. Tomlinson, Colby Chew, Henry Lawless, John HughsMap (db m233425) HM
8 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — 1884 — Flem D. Sampson (1875-1967)
This Ky. governor, born in Laurel County, attended Union College. Began law practice here; among partners was Caleb Powers, accused assassin of Wm. Goebel. Sampson served as co. and dist. judge, on Ky. Court of Appeals, and as its chief justice. As . . . Map (db m233403) HM
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9 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — Journey of Dr. Thomas Walker and Five Associates in 1750
During the mid-1700s, competition between England and France for the colonization of Western lands was fierce. The Virginia Council, the governing body of Virginia, was making large land grants to promote western colonization in the name of England. . . . Map (db m233428) HM
10 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — Knox County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in honor of the men and women who served our country in time of war and conflict Lower Left Panel World War I Chester Abner, George Anderson, Ben Broughton, Oliver Broughton, Hiram T. Davis, McKinley Deaton, James . . . Map (db m233431) WM
11 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — The Battle of BarbourvilleSeptember 19, 1861
On September 19, 1861, near the spot where you now stand, a small contingent of Knox County Home Guard faced 800 Confederates at the bridge spanning Town Spring Branch. In 1992 the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission named the Battle of Barbourville . . . Map (db m35809) HM
12 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — The Battle of BarbourvilleSeptember 19, 1861 — First Kiosk —
(First Panel): Camp Andy Johnson Established August 1861 Camp Andy Johnson was named for Senator Andrew Johnson of Greenville, Tennessee, the only senator from a seceding state who remained loyal. The camp was a refuge for the loyal men . . . Map (db m35810) HM
13 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — The Battle of BarbourvilleSeptember 19, 1861 — Second Kiosk —
(First Panel): Building Union Support Tennessee Unionists Revolt Tennessee seceded from the Union in June 1861. Most people in Middle and West Tennessee supported that action but a large number of East Tennesseans did no. East Tennesseans . . . Map (db m35830) HM
14 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — The Minton Memorial
The Union College Bell was preceded by five others. The first being installed in the original administration building in 1880. This memorial honors Nola E. Minton, 1884-1975, for her contributions to agriculture, livestock, lumbering, and saddle . . . Map (db m233505) HM
15 Kentucky, Knox County, Barbourville — 2054 — Union College
Union College was incorporated in October 1879. The first degrees were conferred here June 8, 1893. Centennial Hall, formerly known as Classroom Building, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Also named to the Register were . . . Map (db m233506) HM
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Nov. 28, 2023