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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rowan County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Rowan 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> Rowan County, KY (21) Bath County, KY (13) Carter County, KY (21) Elliott County, KY (4) Fleming County, KY (16) Lewis County, KY (20) Menifee County, KY (3) Morgan County, KY (4)  RowanCounty(21) Rowan County (21)  BathCounty(13) Bath County (13)  CarterCounty(21) Carter County (21)  ElliottCounty(4) Elliott County (4)  FlemingCounty(16) Fleming County (16)  LewisCounty(20) Lewis County (20)  MenifeeCounty(3) Menifee County (3)  MorganCounty(4) Morgan County (4)
Morehead is the county seat for Rowan County
Adjacent to Rowan County, Kentucky
      Bath County (13)  
      Carter County (21)  
      Elliott County (4)  
      Fleming County (16)  
      Lewis County (20)  
      Menifee County (3)  
      Morgan County (4)  
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1 Kentucky, Rowan County, Farmers — An Early Boom TownFarmers – An Early Industrial Center
Although Morehead is the county seat of Rowan County, other settlements were larger and more progressive in Rowan’s early history. Farmers was the first settlement in Rowan. It quickly grew into a booming town because of its industry. Located ten . . . Map (db m110199) HM
2 Kentucky, Rowan County, Farmers — 567 — Morgan Raiders' Camp
On last tragic raid, the fourth into Kentucky, Morgan's Raiders took Mt. Sterling, then lost it, took Lexington and June 11, 1864 took Cynthiana. Next day USA men under Brig. General S. G. Burbridge dispersed raiders. Morgan then retreated through . . . Map (db m110197) HM
3 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 2099 — Allie Young Law Office
Albert W. "Allie" Young (1865-1935) and his father, Col. Z.T. Young, had law offices here. Allie was elected to state senate in 1923 and served until his death. He was a political strategist who helped steer campaigns of Governors Goebel and . . . Map (db m73806) HM
4 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Capt. William E. Barber, USMCRecipient, Medal of Honor
A native of nearby Morgan County, Capt. Barber received our nation's highest decoration for bravery for heroically leading his Marine rifle company in a desperate five-day defense of a frozen mountain pass vital to the 1st Marine Division's . . . Map (db m120060) HM WM
5 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Colonel John Hargis
. . . Map (db m164312) HM
6 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 788 — County Named, 1856 Reported permanently removed
For Judge John Rowan, 1773-1843. Born Penn., came in 1783 to Ky. Admitted bar, 1795. Member second Ky. Constitutional Convention in 1799. Sec. of State, 1804-06. State Legislature, 10 years. Court of Appeals, 1819-21. U.S. Senate from 1824 to 30. . . . Map (db m164260) HM
7 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 972 — Courthouse Burned
Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during the Civil War, nineteen in last fifteen months; twelve by Confederates eight by guerrillas, two by Union accident. Courthouse at Morehead burned by guerrillas March 21, 1864, the eastern most . . . Map (db m79181) WM
8 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — First Building And Land1889
Thomas F. Hargis, a native of Morehead and chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, donated four acres of land and $500 in cash to Morehead Normal School in 1889 for the institution’s first classroom building. Hargis Hall, a wooden structure, . . . Map (db m110203) HM
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9 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — First Faculty And Staff1923
President Frank C. Button employed nine persons to constitute the faculty and administrative staff of Morehead State Normal School when it reopened in 1923-24 as a public institution. They included Charles D. Lewis, Academic Dean; Inez F. Humphrey, . . . Map (db m110206) HM
10 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Freedom Park
Blue Star Memorial By-Way A tribute to the Armed Forces of America Yesterday, Today, Forever.Map (db m73809) WM
11 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — In Memory of the Victims of the 1939 Flood
A flash flood in Morehead, Kentucky in the early morning hours of July 5, 1939 resulted in 25 deaths. Geneva Amburgey, age 47 • Margie Amburgey, age 13 • Orma Rae Amburgey, age 6 • Junior Leon Bays, age 11 • Minerva Boggess, age 77 . . . Map (db m164307) HM
12 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Memorial Forest1940 DAR Penny Pines Forest
1890 · 1940 Memorial Forest Planted by Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution to honor the Golden Jubilee National Society Daughters of the American Revolution October 11, 1940Map (db m221422) HM
13 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 1034 — Moonlight Schools
Established in Rowan County, Ky., in 1911, by Mrs. Cora W. Stewart, “to emancipate from illiteracy those enslaved in its bondage.” Because the people had to labor by day it was decided to have the schools on moonlight nights so the moon . . . Map (db m73816) HM
14 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Morehead Chesapeak And Ohio Railway Freight Depot
. . . Map (db m164305) HM
15 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 1952 — National Register Historic District / Morehead State University
National Register Historic District Nine buildings erected from 1926-32 fitting in a "crescent moon" plan. Rader, Fields, Allie Young Halls, 1926; Thompson Hall, 1927; Button Auditorium, 1928; President's Home, 1929; Breckinridge Training . . . Map (db m110200) HM
16 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Quilting Memories
Quilting and farming are two important aspects of Kentucky culture. Pairing a barn with a quilt pattern not only honors both, but recognizes the rural heritage that has been the fabric of America since colonial days. The Foothills Quilt Trail . . . Map (db m73807) HM
17 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 1933 — Rowan County "War," 1884-1887
Feud violence came to climax in summer of 1887, when Logan and Hiram Pigman led faction that surrounded Craig Tolliver and his men. Resulting shoot-out ended in deaths of Tolliver and three others. State militia was sent in three times to restore . . . Map (db m73849) WM
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18 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Rowan County War Memorial
In memory of those who died during the Rowan County War (Tolliver-Martin Feud) 1884-1887 Solomon Bradley 1884 • Stewart Bumgardner 1885 • Stewart Caudill 1885 • Hiram Cooper 1887 • John C. Day 1886 • John G. Hughes 1884 • H.M. (Mason) Keeton 1887 . . . Map (db m164309) HM
19 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — Spirit of the American Doughboy
To the boys of Rowan County who gave their lives in the service of their country during the World War, this monument is honorably dedicated. Andrew Alfrey, Morehead. • Elisha Conn, Smile. • Earl Cornette, Clearfield. • William . . . Map (db m164335) WM
20 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — 4 — The Bluejackets
As its primary support of the war effort in World War II, this campus hosted the training of more than 4,400 sailors as shipboard electricians between June 1942 and July 1944. The U.S. Navy Training School (Electrical) had 600 trainees at a time, . . . Map (db m110205) HM
21 Kentucky, Rowan County, Morehead — University Breckinridge School1929 - 1982
Founded as a laboratory school for teacher training, served the community well by providing a quality education for children grades kindergarten through twelveMap (db m120062) HM
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Jun. 10, 2023