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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lewis County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Lewis 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> Lewis County, KY (20) Carter County, KY (21) Fleming County, KY (16) Greenup County, KY (35) Mason County, KY (82) Rowan County, KY (21) Adams County, OH (46) Scioto County, OH (59)  LewisCounty(20) Lewis County (20)  CarterCounty(21) Carter County (21)  FlemingCounty(16) Fleming County (16)  GreenupCounty(35) Greenup County (35)  MasonCounty(82) Mason County (82)  RowanCounty(21) Rowan County (21)  AdamsCountyOhio(46) Adams County (46)  SciotoCounty(59) Scioto County (59)
Vanceburg is the county seat for Lewis County
Adjacent to Lewis County, Kentucky
      Carter County (21)  
      Fleming County (16)  
      Greenup County (35)  
      Mason County (82)  
      Rowan County (21)  
      Adams County, Ohio (46)  
      Scioto County, Ohio (59)  
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1 Kentucky, Lewis County, Charters — 778 — Esculapia Springs
Site of one of the most popular health resorts along Ohio River, 1845-60, seven miles west. Mineral water from spring widely used for medicinal purposes. Resort was easy of access by boat and drew many out of state guests until destroyed by . . . Map (db m146849) HM
2 Kentucky, Lewis County, Charters — 1393 — Magnificent Pin Oak
One of the largest and oldest pin- or swamp-oak trees in the world. In 1970, when the highway was relocated, it was about one hundred and fifty years old; its trunk circumference was 16.2 feet; the diameter at breast height was five feet, and . . . Map (db m180443) HM
3 Kentucky, Lewis County, Kinniconick — 1656 — Three Tanyards
Lewis County, rich in tanbark, has had several tanneries. The father of Ulysses S. Grant was a manufacturer of leather associated with three tanyards in this area. Jesse Grant in 1846 bought a tanyard near the celebrated Esculapia Šprings. . . . Map (db m180441) HM
4 Kentucky, Lewis County, Plumville — 1572 — Cabin Creek Bridge / Covered Bridges
Built circa 1870, this 114ft. covered bridge spans Cabin Creek. Name of the builder is unknown. It was constructed on Burr truss design, with laminated arches and truss rods added later. Louis Bower employed arches in early 1900s. Lack of . . . Map (db m180444) HM
5 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Carter House
The New Carter House, built in 1897 by Thomas Carter, was originally three stories high with a wrought-iron gallery on the two street sides. It caught fire in the 1920s but was not completely destroyed. The building was purchased by Max Block, . . . Map (db m180439) HM
6 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Commercial HotelGeorge Thomas Morgan House Visitors Center
The Commercial Hotel was originally the home of Judge George Morgan Thomas and his family when it was built in 1883. Judge Thomas served as a U.S. Senator from this district and also acted as a Solicitor of Internal Revenue, After the Thomas . . . Map (db m180269) HM
7 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — 803 — County Named, 1806
County named, 1806, for Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark expedition, sent out by President Jefferson to explore the northwest, 1804-05. Followed the Missouri River to source, crossed mountains, then Columbia River to Pacific. Lewis born Virginia, . . . Map (db m180433) HM
8 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Deposit Bank
These two buildings were the original structures of the Deposit Bank of Vanceburg and the New York Racket Store. The Bank was established about 1889 and this building was erected of freestone in 1900. The Bank merged with the Citizens Bank later . . . Map (db m180436) HM
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9 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Halbert House
This home, built in 1856, was the home of Judge William C. Halbert and his wife, Lavina. Mr. Halbert was a well-known attorney and served in several political offices. Throughout the years the house has been owned by several of his descendants.Map (db m180266) HM
10 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Hickle’s Pool Room
This building, made of native Freestone, was built some time between the 1800s and 1870s. It has been a jewelry store, a drug store, and a billiard hall at different times. During the 1913 flood, Max Block operated a clothing store here and . . . Map (db m180440) HM
11 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Lewis and Clark Cottonwood TreeMayor William T. Cooper
Mayor William T. Cooper planted this cottonwood tree on September 22, 2003. It commemorates Captain Meriwether Lewis passing Vanceburg on September 22, 1803 on his way to meet William Clark and begin the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and . . . Map (db m180261) HM
12 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — 205 — Route for Horses and Cattle
In 1775, Colonel Robert Patterson, William McConnell, David Perry and Stephen Lowry brought the first horses, 9, and cattle, 14, into Northern Kentucky. Animals were brought by boat from Fort Pitt and driven overland from here to the early inland . . . Map (db m180260) HM
13 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Stamper Block
This row of buildings is often referred to as the “Stamper Block” because George W. Stamper, a prominent merchant owned most of these buildings at one time or another. The majority of the buildings were built in the 1870-1880 era. This corner . . . Map (db m180437) HM
14 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Union Memorial
Erected A.D. 1884, by the Citizens of Lewis County Kentucky to commemorate the bravery and patriotism of our soldiers who lost their lives in the War for the Preservation of National Unity. 1861–1865. One Country and One Flag • . . . Map (db m180465) WM
15 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — 215 — Union Memorial
The only Union monument south of the Mason-Dixon line erected by public subscription except those in cemeteries. This unique memorial was dedicated in 1884 to the 107 Lewis County soldiers who gave their lives for the Union during the Civil War.Map (db m180371) HM
16 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — United Methodist Church
Prior to 1866 there were few Methodists in Vanceburg, and they had no house of worship. Rev. Jerry Lennen (or Lenner) was sent by the Conference in 1866 to hold services in the school and city hall. Lenner and Rev. Alfred Harrison worked . . . Map (db m180285) HM
17 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Vanceburg Depot
The railroad was known originally as the Maysville and Big Sandy Railroad. The first depot was built on this site shortly after the railroad was completed in 1888 on land belonging to Lyman B. Baird, a son-in-law of Judge William C. Halbert. . . . Map (db m180271) HM
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18 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — Veterans Memorial ParkLest We Forget
Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Thomas Pugh October 21, 1020 — December 18, 1951 Lieutenant Commander Tom Pugh, Navy pilot, served on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45)(VG-194) during the Korean War and was killed when his . . . Map (db m180480) HM WM
19 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — World War I MemorialHonor Roll
Erected to the memory of the boys from Lewis County who gave their lives for the cause of human liberty in the World War of 1914–1919 by the Lewis County Fair Association. ✝ Adams, Clarence • ★ Blizzard, Thomas • ✝ . . . Map (db m180475) WM
20 Kentucky, Lewis County, Vanceburg — World War II Memorial
In memory of those who gave their lives for their country in World War II, 1941–1945 U.S. Army. Armstrong, Ermal E. • Armstrong, James • Bloomfield, Carlen • Bodkins, James I. • Brewer, Homer C. • Bruce, Alexander T. • Bunch, Leland O. • . . . Map (db m180463) WM
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Jun. 4, 2023