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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Letcher County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Letcher 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> Letcher County, KY (23) Harlan County, KY (34) Knott County, KY (11) Perry County, KY (7) Pike County, KY (45) Wise County, VA (32)  LetcherCounty(23) Letcher County (23)  HarlanCounty(34) Harlan County (34)  KnottCounty(11) Knott County (11)  PerryCounty(7) Perry County (7)  PikeCounty(45) Pike County (45)  WiseCountyVirginia(32) Wise County (32)
Whitesburg is the county seat for Letcher County
Adjacent to Letcher County, Kentucky
      Harlan County (34)  
      Knott County (11)  
      Perry County (7)  
      Pike County (45)  
      Wise County, Virginia (32)  
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1 Kentucky, Letcher County, Isom — 1809 — County Named, 1842 Reported missing
For Robert P. Letcher, during term as Governor of Kentucky, 1840-44. Born Va., 1788; came Ky. in 1800. Ky. Mounted Militia, War of 1812. Legislature, 7 years, Speaker of House, two years. U.S. Congress 1823-35. Presidential elector in 1836. During . . . Map (db m97123) HM
2 Kentucky, Letcher County, Isom — 809 — County Named, 1842
For Robert P. Letcher, during term as Governor of Kentucky, 1840-1844. Born Va., 1788; came Ky. in 1800. Ky. Mounted Militia, War of 1812. Legislature, 7 years, Speaker of House, two years. U.S. Congress, 1823-1835. Presidential elector in 1836. . . . Map (db m212412) HM
3 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — Dunham High SchoolAn African American School in Letcher County 1931-1964
In the early 1900s, Jenkins and other coal towns saw an increase in their black populations, as African Americans from the rural South moved to the region seeking work in the coal mines. To segregate the children of these families from the white . . . Map (db m212050) HM
4 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — 2607 — Dunham High School
Dunham High School opened in 1931 as the only high school for black students in Letcher County. The school educated students from the Jenkins, McRoberts, Fleming, and Haymond areas. Dunham High School remained open until 1964, a decade after . . . Map (db m212103) HM
5 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — 1804 — Jenkins
Land bought by John C.C. Mayo and sold to Consolidation Coal Co. to develop town and coal mines. Coal company laid out streets, built houses, stores, hospital, churches, and schools. Town named for Geo. C. Jenkins, a promoter and Baltimore banker. . . . Map (db m97119) HM
6 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — Jenkins - Dunham - Burdine World War II Veterans Memorial
Veterans of World War II Served With Pride Jenkins     Dunham     Burdine (List of names of veterans)Map (db m97120) WM
7 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — 1906 — Lt. Darwin K. Kyle
This Congressional Medal of Honor winner fought in Korean War. Born in Jenkins, June 1918, Second Lt. Kyle in U.S. Army with Co. K, 7th Inf. Regt., 3d Inf. Div. Lt. Kyle rallied his men amid intensive fighting to renew attacks on enemy machine-gun . . . Map (db m97121) HM
8 Kentucky, Letcher County, Jenkins — 510 — Pound Gap
Route through here discovered by Christopher Gist, April 1, 1751.      Brig. Gen. Garfield and 700 Union troops forced 500 CSA men from here March 16, 1862 and burned CSA supplies. On last raid in Ky. Morgan’s Raiders dislodged Union forces here . . . Map (db m97150) HM
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9 Kentucky, Letcher County, Kingdom Come — 1294 — Kingdom Come
Early settlers, ca. 1816, were deeply religious and God-fearing. They chose a name for this beautiful and fertile valley from the words in The Lord's Prayer. History of this area is typical of that of many communities along the creeks and . . . Map (db m212410) HM
10 Kentucky, Letcher County, Letcher — 1197 — Pioneer Ancestor
James Caudill, born in Virginia in 1753, first came to Big Cowan Creek in 1787. Because of Indians, he took his family back to North Carolina. Returning here in 1792 with his family, he built a cabin, stayed several years, went back to North . . . Map (db m97060) HM
11 Kentucky, Letcher County, Letcher — 2576 — Wreck at the BridgeSaturday, March 26, 1966
Here, at the Lower Twin Bridge, five young men lost their lives in a tragic car wreck that devastated families and stunned the community. Four of the five, Jerry Caudill, Donald Crase, George Dixon, and Doug Ison, were students at Letcher High . . . Map (db m212413) HM
12 Kentucky, Letcher County, Pound Gap — Brothers Once MoreUnited We Stand, Divided We Fall
Dedicated to all Letcher Countians that suffered on the battlefield and homefront during the War Between the States. President Abraham Lincoln. Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, 1809–1865. President Jefferson Davis. Born in Fairview, . . . Map (db m90835) WM
13 Kentucky, Letcher County, Pound Gap — Caudill’s ArmyHistory of Caudill’s Army
Company F of the 5th Kentucky Infantry was formed on October 22, 1861 from the men of Letcher County and was commanded by Captain Benjamin E. Caudill. The company called themselves “Caudill’s Army" and was nicknamed “The Yahoos.” . . . Map (db m90803) HM
14 Kentucky, Letcher County, Pound Gap — Pound Gap Massacre
About 500 yards southeast of Pound Gap, along the Fincastle Trail (Virginia side) is the location of the infamous “killing rock” where the Mullins’ family and friends were massacred on May 14, 1892. Five people were killed: Ira Mullins, . . . Map (db m90801) HM
15 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — 1700 — Early Settler
Archelous Craft of Wilkes Co., N.C., was with small band of pioneers who immigrated to upper Ky. River Valley in 1804. Born Dec. 25, 1749, in Roanoke River area, Craft was a veteran of Revolutionary War; he fought in battles of Hanging Rock and . . . Map (db m97149) HM
16 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — Harriette Simpson Arnow — Mountain Voices —
The Dollmaker is the tragic story of the Nevels family, who leave their mountain farm for a Detroit housing project during World War II. There, in a place both foreign and frightening, Gertie Nevels works to keep her family intact while . . . Map (db m212223) HM
17 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — Harry Monroe Caudill — Mountain Voices —
Historian and social critic Harry Monroe Caudill was an eloquent and courageous spokesman for Kentucky's Appalachian region. Subtitled A Biography of a Depressed Area, Caudill's first book, Night Comes to the Cumberlands (1963), . . . Map (db m212409) HM
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18 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — James Still — Mountain Voices —
James Still's works – his novels, short stories, poetry and children's literature resonate with his affection for his chosen home, the mountains of eastern Kentucky. He used language as an artist uses paint or a musician uses notes to evoke sights . . . Map (db m212104) HM
19 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — John Fox, Jr. — Mountain Voices —
A tale of fortunes made and lost, feuds, passion, and romance in the Cumberland Mountains, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, stayed on the best-seller list for two years after its publication in 1908. Its author, John Fox, Jr., was already a . . . Map (db m212228) HM
20 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — Letcher County Honor Roll
We Who Share the Peace Honor Those Who Preserved It World War I Adams, John • Adams, Ralph • Anderson, Clell • Brown, David N. • Brown, George • Brown, Sylvan • Bukhart, Bradley • Cornett, Curtis • Day, Douglas • Dixon, Elijah B. . . . Map (db m97163) WM
21 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — 1732 — Pilot -- Spy -- Hero / Francis Gary Powers
(Side One) Pilot — Spy — Hero Francis Gary Powers and the “U-2 Incident” catapulted activities of the United States into world view. This Burdine native, with other pilots directed by CIA, flew U-2’s . . . Map (db m97162) HM
22 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — 2314 — Scotia Mine Disaster
(Side One) Scotia Mine Disaster One of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history. Faulty equipment ignited methane & coal dust due to lack of proper ventilation. On Mar. 9 & 11, 1976, twin explosions took the lives of 26 coal . . . Map (db m97157) HM
23 Kentucky, Letcher County, Whitesburg — 1188 — Scuttle Hole Gap Road
Indians or buffalo probably were the first to follow this gap and make a trail across Pine Mountain. First white settlers, about 1800, made trail into treacherous wagon road, their only route to Virginia for supplies of flour, salt, and sugar. . . . Map (db m212411) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023