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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Covington, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Kenton 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> Kenton County, KY (34) Boone County, KY (34) Campbell County, KY (10) Grant County, KY (2) Pendleton County, KY (6) Hamilton County, OH (228)  KentonCounty(34) Kenton County (34)  BooneCounty(34) Boone County (34)  CampbellCounty(10) Campbell County (10)  GrantCounty(2) Grant County (2)  PendletonCounty(6) Pendleton County (6)  HamiltonCountyOhio(228) Hamilton County (228)
Location of Covington, Kentucky
    Kenton County (34)
    Boone County (34)
    Campbell County (10)
    Grant County (2)
    Pendleton County (6)
    Hamilton County, Ohio (228)
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1Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Arnold House
Named in memory of James G. Arnold, Teacher, Benefactor, Man of God, who: Organized the First Christian Church in Covington about 1830; Re-organizd it after it was dispersed by an epidemic of cholera in 1833; Built a house of worship on . . . Map (db m135364) HM
2Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1967 — Ben Lucien Burman(1895-1984)
Born in Covington and inspired by the Ohio River, he became famed chronicler of life and people along America's rivers and in Kentucky's mountains. His 22 novels, fables, and works of nonfiction were widely translated. Burman's Steamboat Round . . . Map (db m98208) HM
3Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Captain Mary B. Greene1868 - 1949 — Lady Riverboat Captain on the Ohio —
Mary Greene was born the daughter of a country storekeeper. When she married Captain Gordon C. Greene, she left the land to make her life and raise her family on the rivers of America. Captain Mary one of the few women to become a licensed boat . . . Map (db m78667) HM
4Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1429 — Carneal House
Built by Thomas Carneal, a founder of Covington, on land purchased in 1814 from Thomas Kennedy. First brick house in the city. Georgian in concept, style reveals the influence of the great Italian architect Andrea Palladio. In 1825 Lafayette . . . Map (db m78041) HM
5Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 039005 — Casper Ottens House1865
Casper Ottens House Born Hanover Germany Cigar Maker Map (db m98087) HM
6Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Chief Little Turtle
This great Miami war chief fought to protect the Indian hunting grounds of Kentucky and the villages of southern Ohio from the onrush of American settlers. Little Turtle twice led a confederation of Miami, Shawnee and Delaware Indians . . . Map (db m78182) HM
7Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2151 — Civil War Fortifications
(Side 1): Reports of Kirby Smith's CSA troops approaching Cincinnati caused panic in September 1862. Gen. Lew Wallace led Union troops and volunteers from rural Ohio (known as "Squirrel Hunters")across Ohio River on a hastily constructed . . . Map (db m58144) HM
8Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Covington Blue SoxFederal League of Baseball Clubs — April 25, 1913 - June 26, 1913 —
Joined the Federal League in 1913. Home games were played at Federal Park at Second and Scott Streets. Defeated St. Louis in the home opener 4-0 on May 9, 1913. Sam Leever was the team's manager. Covington native Adolph Thoss played right field. . . . Map (db m98127) HM
9Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Daniel Carter Beard“The Father of Scouting” — 1850-1941 —
“He’ll live wherever boyhood pitches tent beside a stream and fire is made by friction and coffee needs no cream.” Edgar A. Guest Daniel Carter Beard spent much of his youth in the house behind this statue. He played in . . . Map (db m78103) HM
10Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Dr. Geo. V. Flaig
Humanitarian who stood on this corner in snow sleet, rain and zero temperature collecting monies to help the unfortunate blind of this community for 30 years.Map (db m135401) HM
11Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1862 — First City Hall
(side 1) Covington's first permanent city hall erected on this site in 1843: one of the first in the entire Ohio Valley. During Republican State Convention in 1860, fiery emancipationist Cassius M. Clay spoke here. Almost eighty years . . . Map (db m101812) HM
12Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1659 — First United Methodist Church
Side A Congregation first used public school house, ca. 1805. The first building was erected, 1832, on Garrard St., then replaced by one on Scott St., 1843. Church split over slavery, 1846. M.E. Church South remained on Scott St,; Union M.E. . . . Map (db m101808) HM
13Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — George and Ruth Kohlbran Fountain
Dedicated in appreciation of their service to the City of CovingtonMap (db m78999)
14Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Great Neighborhoods / Riverwalk Statues — A Treasure in Covington, Kentucky —
Plaque #1 (APA logo) the American Planning Association, through Great Places in America, designates Historical Licking Riverside Neighborhood Covington, Kentucky as a Great Neighborhood 2013 Plaque #2 Seven historic . . . Map (db m78756) HM
15Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — James Bradley
The life of this one man summarizes the experiences of millions of Afro-Americans. Born in Africa in the early Nineteenth Century, slave traders brought Bradley to America as an infant. By the time he was 18 years old, Bradley managed his . . . Map (db m135910) HM
16Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — John A. Roebling Bridge
John A Roebling (1806-1869), pioneer civil engineer, was the designer and builder of the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge which was completed in 1866. It served as the prototype for Roebling’s design of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was complete . . . Map (db m55563) HM
17Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — John James Audubon
“Nature must be seen first alive, and well studied, before attempts are made at representing her.” Best known as a painter of birds and most notably for his series called the Birds of America. Audubon came to the . . . Map (db m78177) HM
18Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Kennedy HouseA Marker in George Rogers Clark Park — Covington, Kentucky —
(artwork) Built in the year 1791 by Thomas Kennedy one of the first settlers at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio Rivers. He operated the first ferry crossing the Ohio and his house was a stopping place for travelers journeying . . . Map (db m78998) HM
19Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2137 — Major League Baseball
Brothers John (1896-1968) and Joe (1900-1970) Heving of Covington made it to the big leagues. John began major league career, 1920, as catcher, while Joe made his debut, 1930, as pitcher. Several teams benefited during their careers of 8 and 13 . . . Map (db m98035) HM
20Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1460 — Mother of God Church / "Cradle of the Arts"
Mother of God Church Full title: The Annunciation of the Ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Organized 1841 by Rev. Dr. Ferdinand Kuhr. Mother church of German parishes and second parish in Covington. First church built 1842. One-story . . . Map (db m135712) HM
21Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1881 — Robert L. Surtees1906 - 1985
Obverse: This famous cinematographer won three Academy Awards during a 54-year career in the motion picture business. Surtees, a Covington native, distinguished himself as a specialist in color photography. He won Academy Awards for "King . . . Map (db m98036) HM
22Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1601 — Roebling Suspension Bridge
First bridge to span Ohio River, connecting Kentucky and Ohio. John Augustus Roebling engineer, Amos Shinkle, president of Covington- Cincinnati Bridge Co. The formal opening of this bridge celebrated, Jan. 1, 1867. A prototype for . . . Map (db m78978) HM
23Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Simon Kenton
Simon Kenton April 13, 1755 – April 29, 1836 Simon Kenton, for whom Kenton County is named, stands with Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark as a leading figure in the opening of the West. Kenton entered Kentucky in 1771 as a longhunter . . . Map (db m78628) HM
24Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Simon Kenton
(DAR emblem) Erected to the memory of Simon Kenton May 15, 1755 – April 1836 Pioneer and Patriot by Elizabeth Kenton Chapter Daughters of the American RevolutionMap (db m78629) HM
25Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1863 — Slave Escape / Controversial Judgment
SLAVE ESCAPE On a snowy night in January 1856, seventeen slaves fled, at foot of Main Street, across frozen Ohio River. Margaret Garner was in this group. When arrested in Ohio, she killed little daughter rather than see her returned to . . . Map (db m130077) HM
26Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2165 — St. John the Evangelist Church
Side A St. John the Evangelist Church In 1848- 49 German- Catholics of Mother of God Church, Lewisburg, founded Stes. Peter and Paul School. In 1854, St. John Parish was created. Fr. Wm. Robbers (pastor 1879- 1903) was . . . Map (db m78036) HM
27Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — The Pied Piper of Hamelin
According to legend, the town of Hamelin, Germany was once infested with rats. In desperation, the townspeople agreed to pay a piper to rid it of the vermin. He accomplished the task with the aid of his pipe, but the people refused to pay. . . . Map (db m146238) HM
28Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1472 — The PointPioneer Leaders Here
Side A The Point Confluence of Ohio and Licking Rivers. Christopher Gist, Agent of the Ohio Company, was first white man known to have set foot on Point, 1751. The Lieutenant of Kentucky Co., Va., Col. John Bowman, led . . . Map (db m78212) HM
29Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1865 — Una Merkel ~~ Film Star
This Covington native won a Tony Award in 1956 for performance in Broadway's "The Ponder Heart” and received an Oscar nomination, 1962, for "Summer and Smoke.” With her 66 motion pictures, Merkel (1903-1986) represented successful . . . Map (db m130336) HM
Apr. 20, 2021