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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Trigg County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Trigg 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> Trigg County, KY (28) Caldwell County, KY (19) Calloway County, KY (22) Christian County, KY (30) Lyon County, KY (21) Marshall County, KY (14) Stewart County, TN (91)  TriggCounty(28) Trigg County (28)  CaldwellCounty(19) Caldwell County (19)  CallowayCounty(22) Calloway County (22)  ChristianCounty(30) Christian County (30)  LyonCounty(21) Lyon County (21)  MarshallCounty(14) Marshall County (14)  StewartCountyTennessee(91) Stewart County (91)
Cadiz is the county seat for Trigg County
Adjacent to Trigg County, Kentucky
      Caldwell County (19)  
      Calloway County (22)  
      Christian County (30)  
      Lyon County (21)  
      Marshall County (14)  
      Stewart County, Tennessee (91)  
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1 Kentucky, Trigg County, Aurora — 881 — Civil War Sniper
In 1862 Jack Hinson swore revenge against Union Army when two sons were executed as bushwhackers. From ambush he picked off men in blue uniforms on gun boats and on land. With a price on his head, he continued his vendetta until his gun bore 36 . . . Map (db m123650) HM
2 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — 1159 — County Named, 1820
For Col. Stephen Trigg, Virginian. Came to Ky. as member of Court of Land Commissioners, 1779. Settled Trigg's Station near Harrodsburg, 1780. In Va. Legislature was active in establishing town of Louisville, 1780. Justice of Peace, on first Lincoln . . . Map (db m123641) HM
3 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — 578 — Courthouse Burned
Gen. Hylan B. Lyon with 800 men invaded Ky., Dec. 1864, to enforce CSA draft law and divert USA from Nashville. In 23 days he burned seven courthouses used by Union forces. See map on reverse side. Lyon came to Cadiz, December 13. US . . . Map (db m123268) HM
4 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — 1838 — First Court of Trigg County
On May 15, 1820, justices of the peace, commissioned for the newly formed Trigg County, met at the log home of Samuel Orr, in the vicinity of this well, in town of Warrington. Composing the court were: Samuel Orr, Abraham Boyd, Ferdinand Wadlington, . . . Map (db m123644) HM
5 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — 764 — Site of Burnett Home
Henry Cornelius Burnett, 1825-66, represented district, U.S. Congress, 1855-61. Presided at Russellville Convention in Nov., 1861, which formed Ky. provisional government. A member of Confederate Congress from Ky., 1861-65. After dispersal of CSA . . . Map (db m123642) HM
6 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — 1367 — Stacker Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Stacker Furnace Also called Olive Landing and Line Island, was built here by William Ewing and French Rayburn in 1845-46, and was afterward owned by Samuel Stacker. It had a steam-powered air blast. Using ore from deposits nearby and locally . . . Map (db m179496) HM
7 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — Trigg County Confederate Memorial
(Top arch) 1861 Confederate 1865 (Base) In memory of the Confederate soldiers of Trigg CountyMap (db m169104) WM
8 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cadiz — Trigg County War Memorial
Honor Roll In memory of those Trigg Countians who made the supreme sacrifice World War I Joe F. Ahart • John J. Blakely • George Brison • Andrew J. Burnett • ★ Arthur Carpenter • West Harris Crump • Willie Cunningham • . . . Map (db m169103) WM
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9 Kentucky, Trigg County, Canton — 619 — Cavalry vs. Gunboat
CSA General Nathan Bedford Forrest with 6 cavalry companies joined Gen. Charles Clark, Nov. 15, 1861, at Hopkinsville. On reconnaissance learned of USA gunboat Conestoga's intent to destroy CSA supplies at Canton. They met here November 20 in 7 . . . Map (db m179545) HM
10 Kentucky, Trigg County, Cerulean — Cerulean Springs / Cerulean Springs Hotel/ 1817-1925
Cerulean Springs 1792 - First permanent settlement made by Robert Goodwin. 1797 - Jesse Goodwin built first water mill on Muddy Fork. 1803 - Prof. Maxwell taught first school. 1806 - Muddy Fork Primitive Baptist Church org.: closed . . . Map (db m166019) HM
11 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — 1892 — Donaldson
This community was first settled ca. 1798. Among the prominent Revolutionary War veterans who settled here were Joel Cohoon, James Thomas, Sr. and Nathan Futrell. These early pioneers cleared forests, planted crops and orchards, set up lumber and . . . Map (db m179507) HM
12 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — Donaldson Creek Baptist Church
Organized Apr. 10, 1814 as arm of Dry Creek Church with 27 charter members. Thomas Ross was first pastor. Became a separate body July 12, 1818. First deacons were John Allen and Nathan Futrell. First building was log structure here on land donated . . . Map (db m179511) HM
13 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — James Thomas, Jr.
Born Nov. 3, 1803, Bertie Co., N. C., son of James Sr., and Mary Thomas who came to Ky., in 1806. Married Margaret Ethridge of Davidson County, Tenn., Aug. 14, 1829. They were parents of six children: Edwin, Apr. 14, 1830; Carroll, Dec. 31, 1831; . . . Map (db m179514) HM
14 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — 1375 — James Thomas, Sr.
Served in Revolutionary War, 10th Regiment, Donoho's Company under General Nathaniel Greene. Born in Bertie County, N. C. in 1760. Married Mary Standley in 1790. He migrated to Donaldson Creek, 1806, and settled on 200-acre Kentucky land grant. . . . Map (db m179535) HM
15 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — 1890 — Lower Donaldson School
One-room log structure, known as Dixon School, built 350 yds. S. W. in 1881. After building burned, new school was constructed in 1913; approximately 50 students attended each year. Pupils often competed with other schools in athletic and scholastic . . . Map (db m179502) HM
16 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — Perry Thomas
Homesite of Perry Thomas, second son of James Thomas, Sr., born May 25, 1797, Bertie Co., NC. Came to Ky., 1806, married Elizabeth Bridges (1804-1891) Mar. 16, 1821. He was a farmer, assessor, census taker, church clerk, charter member of Linton . . . Map (db m179523) HM
17 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — Peyton Thomas Cemetery
Established 1863 by Peyton Thomas, prominent farmer, justice of the peace, postmaster, church clerk, blacksmith and merchant; son of Cullen Thomas, grandson of James Thomas, Sr. Site is burial place for the Thomas, Sumner, Randolph, Skaggs, Carr, . . . Map (db m179529) HM
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18 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — Thomas's Cabinet Shop / Thomas's Mill
Thomas's Cabinet Shop A cabinet shop, adjacent to mill house, was operated on this site beginning in 1919 by R. Peyton Thomas (1889-1961). Examples of his fine talent are in existence today, much of which compares favorably in quality and . . . Map (db m179520) HM
19 Kentucky, Trigg County, Donaldson — 1832 — Upper Donaldson School
Organized 1813, this grade school operated for 135 years. First teacher was Ephriam Cowand, whose salary was 4 barrels of corn and $2.00 per pupil. School met first at Donaldson Creek Church 1˝ mi west: later used nearby log cabin, 1815-1910. . . . Map (db m179526) HM
20 Kentucky, Trigg County, Golden Pond — 994 — Drummer Boy at 7
Nathan Futrell reputed to be the youngest drummer boy in War of the Revolution, was born, N.C., 1773. Joined N.C. Continental Militia. Married, 1798, came to Ky., 1799. Settled here on Ford's Creek, 1820, where he farmed, set out the first apple . . . Map (db m136772) HM
21 Kentucky, Trigg County, Golden Pond — 1308 — Golden Pond
A town from 1882-1969. Named for nearby pond which gives a golden reflection from the sunrays. It was originally two settlements, Fungo and Golden Pond, later becoming one. Twice destroyed by fire and rebuilt, 1898 and 1936. The town prospered from . . . Map (db m123648) HM
22 Kentucky, Trigg County, Golden Pond — 998 — Laura Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Laura Furnace Site of one of several furnaces operated in the region between the rivers, now lakes. This one, Laura, built 1855 by Tennesseeans at cost of $40,000. Produced iron successfully, employing as many as 130, until Civil War forced it . . . Map (db m136770) HM
23 Kentucky, Trigg County, Golden Pond — 1100 — St. Joseph's Parish
Settlement of German immigrants founded the first Catholic Church in the county, 1882, a mission of the Louisville diocese. Prussian agriculture, architecture, and traditions flourished under their influence. Due to migration the parish declined . . . Map (db m123649) HM
24 Kentucky, Trigg County, Maple Grove — 1788 — Drury Bridges (Bridgers, Bridger)1765-1840
This Trigg Co. pioneer came to Ky. from N. C. in 1804 and built a cabin here, near Beechy Fork Creek, on 85˝ acre land grant. Born 1765; son of Wm. Bridgers, patriot who helped N.C. troops during Rev. War. Direct descendant of Joseph Bridger . . . Map (db m179537) HM
25 Kentucky, Trigg County, Maple Grove — 1840 — Maple Grove School
An early log schoolhouse first was opened by teacher William Bridges (1800-1844), son of settlers Drury and Charity Bridges. Education continued in new concrete block school, erected in 1913. After serving the Trigg County community for many years, . . . Map (db m179541) HM
26 Kentucky, Trigg County, Rockcastle — 1366 — Center Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Center Furnace Sometimes called Hematite, furnace was built by 1852 by Daniel Hillman 2 1/2 mi. west; 35 ft. high, 10 ft. across inside at widest point. Operated, although not continuously, until 1912, burning charcoal fuel. Its air blast was . . . Map (db m136776) HM
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27 Kentucky, Trigg County, Rockcastle — 1357 — Empire Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Empire Furnace Stood 1 mile west. Built 1843 by Thomas Tennessee Watson, it was a brick stack with a maximum inner diameter of 91/2 ft., 35 ft. high. It burned charcoal fuel, and its air blast was powered by steam. In 45 weeks of 1856, made . . . Map (db m136775) HM
28 Kentucky, Trigg County, Rockcastle — 1380 — Trigg Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Trigg Furnace Built here in 1871 by the Daniel Hillman Iron Co., was a brick-and-stone blast furnace producing pig iron from locally mined ore. It burned charcoal fuel, and used steam power to blow preheated air through the stack. Most iron . . . Map (db m136774) HM
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Jun. 4, 2023