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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Simpson County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Simpson 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> Simpson County, KY (31) Allen County, KY (17) Logan County, KY (59) Warren County, KY (101) Robertson County, TN (39) Sumner County, TN (135)  SimpsonCounty(31) Simpson County (31)  AllenCounty(17) Allen County (17)  LoganCounty(59) Logan County (59)  WarrenCounty(101) Warren County (101)  RobertsonCountyTennessee(39) Robertson County (39)  SumnerCounty(135) Sumner County (135)
Franklin is the county seat for Simpson County
Adjacent to Simpson County, Kentucky
      Allen County (17)  
      Logan County (59)  
      Warren County (101)  
      Robertson County, Tennessee (39)  
      Sumner County, Tennessee (135)  
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1 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Bringing in the Sheaves" — 1865-1900
Farming was a way of life in days gone by; harvesting wheat with a steam-powered thresher; laborers at work under the hot sun in corn and tobacco fields; rows of tobacco speared on sticks and corn gathered into shocks.Map (db m83904) HM
2 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Drive-Time" — 1950-2000
The road to prosperity is lined with signs announcing a boom in manufacturing. Franklin's half century of success in recruiting good-wage factory jobs has mom and dad punching the clock and more people eating out.Map (db m83900) HM
3 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Duel at Sunrise" — 1819-1830
Two frontier gentlemen fight a duel with pistols at dawn in a forest glade. In the background is a carriage on the Louisville to Nashville Pike at the Sandford Duncan Inn, a popular stagecoach stop of the day.Map (db m83909) HM
4 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Frontier Portraits" — 19th century heroes
Born near here were two famous men. Jim Bowie invented the Bowie knife. He died at the battle of the Alamo in Texas. Alexander Majors was co-founder of the Pony Express and hauled freight all over the West for the U.S. Cavalry.Map (db m83905) HM
5 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "High Noon for a New Century" — 1900-1925
Surrounding the 1882 Courthouse and its clock tower are Franklin's devious first well; the fire that destroyed an earlier courthouse; the jail and jailer's quarters; portraits of Congressman I.H. Goodnight and his wife, Ella Hoy.Map (db m83903) HM
6 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Mule Day Afternoon" — 1925-1950
Mule Day in Franklin was so popular before World War II that it attracted a movie star and a national radio broadcast. Franklin was once the second largest mule market in the U.S. This painting has 120 mules and 230 people.Map (db m83902) HM
7 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "Riding into The Sunset" — 2000 and beyond
A higher standard of living means more leisure time. Local attractions include the drive-in, Kenny Perry's golf course, and horse racing at Kentucky Downs. Interstate 65 spurs commerce and travel. A tech school bolsters education.Map (db m83899) HM
8 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "School Days, School Days" — 1940-2000
City and county schools consolidated in the 1940s and integrated in the 1960s. Actress Annie Potts was a cheerleader in the early 1970s. Dr. David Patterson was valedictorian a decade later. School teams have won many championships.Map (db m83901) HM
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9 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 562 — "Sue Mundy's" Grave
Marcellus Jerome Clarke enlisted in Confederate Army, 1861, at age 17. Attached to Morgan's Cavalry, 1863. Captured on March 12, 1865, taken to Louisville, hanged three days later, court-martialed as guerrilla "Sue Mundy." His last words: "I believe . . . Map (db m83303) HM
10 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — "War Clouds" — 1860-1864
Confederate guerillas raid an L&N freight train on an April morning in 1864. Nearby is Octagon Hall, an 8-sided brick home built by slaves. Both Rebel and Union troops camped on the grounds. The cupola was used by spies.Map (db m83908) HM
11 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2402 — Alexander Majors
Cofounder of the Pony Express, he was born near this site on Oct. 4, 1814. Five years later, his family moved to Mo. Territory. In 1849, he formed a freighting business from Mo. to Santa Fe. In 1854, became partners with Wm. Russell and Wm. . . . Map (db m159143) HM
12 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 1271 — Beverly L. Clarke
Born in Virginia, 1809. Came to Simpson County in 1827. Studied law under noted Kentucky lawyer George Robertson. Served in the Kentucky legislature, 1841-42; US Congress, 1847-49. Delegate to Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1849. US Minister to . . . Map (db m83319) HM
13 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2132 — Birthplace of T.O. Chisholm / Noted Hymn Writer (1866-1960) — Reported damaged
Birthplace of T.O. Chisholm Thomas Obadiah Chisholm, born in log house, Lake Spring community, taught in local school at age 16. Became associate editor of Franklin Favorite; later edited Pentecostal Herald, Louisville. . . . Map (db m83296) HM
14 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Captain Thomas F Mantell, Jr.
Born in Franklin, Ky., 30 June 1922. Graduated Male High School, Louisville. Joined army Air Corps, 16 June 1942. Graduated Flight School, 30 June 1943. During WWII, Mantell assigned to 440th Troop Carrier Group, 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, 9th Air . . . Map (db m143228) HM
15 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2483 — Carolyn Conn Moore
Carrie Conn Moore, the first woman to serve in the Kentucky Senate, was born in Logan Co. on January 7, 1904. She moved to Franklin when she married J. Lee Moore. After her husband's death, she won a special election in Nov. 1949 to fill the . . . Map (db m159146) HM
16 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2535 — Cash-Carter Wedding / Walk the Line
Cash-Carter Wedding Country music icons Johnny Cash and June Carter were married here on March 1, 1968, one week after Cash proposed on stage in Ontario, Canada. The couple came to Franklin because in Kentucky they could purchase a license . . . Map (db m159153) HM
17 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 912 — County Named, 1819 / Franklin
County Named, 1819 For Capt. John Simpson, one of the nine officers killed at Battle of River Raisin, Jan. 22, 1813, for whom Ky. counties named. Fought under "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Settled in Shelby Co., . . . Map (db m83318) HM
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18 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 1369 — Goodnight Memorial Library / Isaac Hershel Goodnight
Goodnight Memorial Library Mrs. Goodnight (1858-1935), wife of I.H. Goodnight, in her will made possible the erection of this municipal building containing library, auditorium, assembly room, museum, kitchen. With aid of federal funds, . . . Map (db m83301) HM
19 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 1947 — James Bowie Birth Site / 1869 "Cut-Off"/Bowie Land
Jams Bowie Birth Site The adventurer-soldier of knife fame, Colonel James Bowie, who died 1836 at the Alamo in Texas, was born near this site in Logan, now Simpson Co,, 1796. Family moved here, 1794, where his father Reason established mill, . . . Map (db m165585) HM
20 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Lincoln School — 1940-1965
The original Lincoln School was formally dedicated on Sunday, September 8, 1940. The two-story building was a hallmark for the Black Community and marked a new beginning for education. The life of the school was interwoven with the fabric of the . . . Map (db m159167) HM
21 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2345 — Lincoln School
A hallmark of the black community, it was dedicated on September 8, 1940 and G.R. Houston served as its first principal. In 1944, county schools merged with Lincoln, which brought about crowded conditions. School added onto several times from . . . Map (db m159162) HM
22 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 503 — Octagon Hall
An antebellum landmark built by Andrew Jackson Caldwell, an ardent advocate of the southern cause. Many Confederate soldiers found shelter here. Bricks were made, wood cut and finished, stone was quarried on the place. The house, erected by Caldwell . . . Map (db m159172) HM
23 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
"But the child's sob in the silence curses deeper than the strong man in his wrath" –Elizabeth Barrett Browning The Cry of the Children ----------------------------- Dedicated to the victims of the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City . . . Map (db m83291) HM
24 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 2464 — Old Stone Jail / Jailer's Residence
(side 1) Old Stone Jail This building, which was Simpson County's fourth jail (the first being built in 1819), was constructed in 1879 and was used for civilian prisoners until 1986. The unique style of the Old Jail is based on a . . . Map (db m159154) HM
25 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Replica of Stone #38
Replica of Stone #38 set nearly 30 miles east of here during the 1859 Cox/Peoples survey of the KY/TN line. This survey resulted in markers set at 5-mile intervals along the line originally determined by Walker and Smith in 1780. Surveyors from both . . . Map (db m83290) HM
26 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 611 — Sandford Duncan Inn / Noted Dueling Ground
Sandford Duncan Inn Built about 1819, as stage coach inn, by Sandford Duncan, a large land owner and leader in forming Simpson County. Most of original structure remains. Linkumpinch, a famous dueling ground on Duncan's land, one mile south. . . . Map (db m170647) HM
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27 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Simpson County Civil War Monument
(Union side) Dedicated to the memory of the 52nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment and the assorted Simpson County soldiers of the Union army (Confederate side) Dedicated to the memory of the 6th Kentucky Infantry Regiment . . . Map (db m164861) WM
28 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Simpson County Desert Shield / Desert Storm Veterans Monument
In God we trust This monument honors the men and women of Franklin-Simpson County serving in the military during the period of Desert Shield Desert Storm 8-2 90 - 2-27-91. In their name we dedicate this monument to the memory of those who . . . Map (db m159152) WM
29 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — Simpson County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in perpetual memory to the men of Simpson County who gave their lives in the following wars World War I Claud Boling • Tresley Bracken • Fred Cuff • Earnest Dean • Joe Nixon • Jesse G. Elliott • Paul K. Eskew • Ernest E. . . . Map (db m159148) WM
30 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 1850 — Triangular Jog
The Simpson County jog in Kentucky-Tennessee boundary was error of Dr. Thomas Walker's 1780 survey party. Luke Munsell and James Bright resurveyed region fifty years later, but the controversy continued until survey by Austin P. Cox and Benjamin . . . Map (db m83298) HM
31 Kentucky, Simpson County, Franklin — 978 — Virgil Munday Chapman
U.S. Congressman and Senator for a quarter century; born here, 1895. Acclaimed as champion of Kentucky farmers; promoter of legislation to aid tobacco growers. Sponsored revision of food, drug, cosmetic laws. Attended Franklin schools and Univ. of . . . Map (db m165620) HM
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Sep. 25, 2023