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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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Kenton County, KY (88) Boone County, KY (45) Campbell County, KY (43) Grant County, KY (6) Pendleton County, KY (8) Hamilton County, OH (264)  KentonCounty(88) Kenton County (88)  BooneCounty(45) Boone County (45)  CampbellCounty(43) Campbell County (43)  GrantCounty(6) Grant County (6)  PendletonCounty(8) Pendleton County (8)  HamiltonCountyOhio(264) Hamilton County (264)
Independence and Covington are the county seats for Kenton County
Covington is in Kenton County
      Kenton County (88)  
ADJACENT TO KENTON COUNTY
      Boone County (45)  
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      Grant County (6)  
      Pendleton County (8)  
      Hamilton County, Ohio (264)  
 
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1Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1956 — African American Elks
Covington native Benjamin F. Howard (1860-1918) was co-founder, with Arthur J. Riggs of Shelbyville of the first national African American Elks organization, called Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. Chartered in Ohio, 1899; . . . Map (db m174664) HM
2Kentucky (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
3Kentucky (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
4Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Built by John B. Kohls
Originally a grocery store c. 1867 Covington Register No. 039024Map (db m187388) HM
5Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Captain Mary B. Greene — 1868 - 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
6Kentucky (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
7Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 039005 — Casper Ottens House — 1865
Casper Ottens House Born Hanover Germany Cigar Maker Map (db m98087) HM
8Kentucky (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
9Kentucky (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
10Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2014 — Clayton-Bullock House
This two-story frame house was built in 1839 by John W. Clayton. The original exterior is of shingle siding, though the house has been subject to alterations in both 19th and 20th centuries. During the Civil War, Clayton's daughter, Mary C. Bullock, . . . Map (db m171938) HM
11Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2224 — Covington & Lexington Turnpike
In 1834, Ky. chartered Covington & Lexington Turnpike Road Co. to build artificial road. Macadamized turnpike finished in early 1850s. Was important in moving farm goods from the Bluegrass, notably hogs and cattle to Covington and Cincinnati, then . . . Map (db m172560) HM
12Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Covington Blue Sox — Federal 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
13Kentucky (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
14Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 50 — Daniel Carter Beard — 1850-1941
Boyhood home of "Uncle Dan," youth leader, outdoorsman, artist and author. Born in Cincinnati and later came to Covington to live. Inaugurated Boy Scout movement in America, 1905, and was one of first National Commissioners of the Boy Scouts of . . . Map (db m174736) HM
15Kentucky (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
16Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2152 — Dr. James E. Randolph — (1888-1981)
Born in Missouri, Randolph earned a medical degree from Meharry College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1917. He moved to Covington in 1922 and opened an office on Greenup St., where he practiced for 59 years. He was the first African American physician at . . . Map (db m174665) HM
17Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Fire Engine Company 4
Built 1888 Covington register No. 037018Map (db m187385) HM
18Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1862 — First City Hall
Covington's first permanent city hall erected on this site in 1843: one of first in entire Ohio Valley. During Republican State Convention in 1860, fiery emancipationist Cassius M. Clay spoke here. Almost eighty years later, on June 3, 1938 (in . . . Map (db m101812) HM
19Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1659 — First United Methodist Church
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. group located . . . Map (db m101808) HM
20Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Formerly Bremen Street
Renamed during World War I because of anti-German hysteriaMap (db m187383) HM
21Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1854 — Frank Duveneck — Eminent Artist — 1848 - 1919 —
City was home to internationally known artist. Early artistic work was painting and carving altars for Catholic churches. At age 21, he went to Munich to study; in 1878, founded art school there. Married Elizabeth Boott, also an . . . Map (db m171923) HM
22Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — GAR Monument
Erected 1929 by O.P. Sine of Garfield Post No. 2 GAR James Fisher Commander In memory of our departed comradesMap (db m174611) WM
23Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — George and Ruth Kohlbran Fountain
Dedicated in appreciation of their service to the City of CovingtonMap (db m78999)
24Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — German Gothic Glockenspiel Clock Tower
This 100-foot tower was built in 1979, and is a recreation of a European Style Glockenspiel Clock Tower. Funded by the state of Kentucky, it was built as the anchor attraction for our German storybook inspired neighborhood redevelopment . . . Map (db m181035) HM
25Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Goebel Park
The bronze in this plaque salvaged from the Battleship Maine and dedicated by the Willow Run Civic ClubMap (db m181034) HM WM
26Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1531 — Grace United Methodist Church
Organized as a Reformed Church and German language day school. Cornerstone laid July 13, 1862. Victorian Gothic church second oldest in Covington still used by founding congregation. Dedicated Palm Sunday, 1863. Construction interrupted when this . . . Map (db m174600) HM
27Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1594 — Grant House
From 1859 to 1873 this was the home of Jesse Root and Hannah (Simpson) Grant, parents of General Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. Jesse served as the Postmaster of Covington from 1866 to 1872. Gen. Grant's sister, Mary, . . . Map (db m174671) HM
28Kentucky (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
29Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1836 — Haven Gillespie (1888-1975)
The composer of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" was a native of Covington. He attended local school, became a printer, and later employed by Cincinnati Times-Star and N.Y. Times. Gillespie's songs carried Americans through Great Depression and World . . . Map (db m181033) HM
30Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Hearne Mansion
The mansion of Jonathan David Hearne 1829-1915 C. 1874 Covington Register No. 061017Map (db m174674) HM
31Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Henry Farny Park
World-renowned artist Henry Farny lived and painted in his studio at 1029-1031 Banklick Street from 1890 to 1907. Look over your right shoulder to the southwest at the frame duplex with a picket fence at 1029 Banklick. That building now occupies the . . . Map (db m187389) HM
32Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1691 — Holmes High School / Homesdale Estate
Holmes High School This is one of Kentucky's earliest tax-supported, coeducational, public high schools. It was founded as Covington High School in 1853, at Scott and 1lth Sts. Present name adopted when moved to this site. Campus is former . . . Map (db m174635) HM
33Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1887 — Holy Cross Parish
This parish, established 1890, spurred the growth of Latonia community. Benedictine Sisters came here to teach in 1891. Original two-story church and school on west side of Longworth, now Church St. Present church was completed, 1908, under Fr. . . . Map (db m174644) HM
34Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1821 — Jacob Price
This prominent black businessman owned and operated a lumberyard at 426-428 Madison Avenue. As a Baptist minister, Price was major figure in development of city's black churches. He was also a leader in obtaining free public education for . . . Map (db m174669) HM
35Kentucky (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
36Kentucky (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
37Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 167 — John G. Carlisle — Covington
Home of John Griffin Carlisle, born Kenton County 1835, died New York City 1910. U. S. Representative 1877-90, Speaker 1883-89; Senator 1890-93, Secretary of the Treasury 1893-97. Buried Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington.Map (db m174602) HM
38Kentucky (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
39Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1852 — John W. Stevenson Home
Scene of early political career, 1847-65. From this home and office base, Stevenson represented Kenton County in legislature and 1849 Constitutional Convention and served in U. S. House. He became It. governor, 1867, and governor upon Helm's death. . . . Map (db m174710) HM
40Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Kennedy House — A 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
41Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1853 — Latonia Race Track
This track, l883-1939, known as one of world's foremost race tracks; two yearly meets, spring-summer and late fall. Leonatus won Hindoo Stakes, 1883. Greatest attraction was Latonia Derby, 1½ mile event. Winners included Broadway Jones, Gallant . . . Map (db m174659) HM
42Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2310 — Linden Grove Cemetery
Founded in 1843 on land owned by the Western Baptist Theological Institute, this is the final resting place of American veterans since the War of 1812. In 1997, the GAR and veteran's monuments were placed on the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m172003) HM
43Kentucky (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
44Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2555 — Mary Florence Taney
Community leader and author Mary Florence Taney, born in Campbell Co. in 1856 lived here. She wrote Kentucky Pioneer Women and the lyrics for the "Kentucky State Song." Taney served as state's first female Notary Public. After her death in . . . Map (db m174737) HM
45Kentucky (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
46Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2550 — Northern Kentucky Heritage League
In 1967 George Dreyer, Ben Baker and Luella LeVee formed the League to promote the arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky. Projects included the Duveneck display at the Covington Library, cataloging landmarks and original homes, a walking . . . Map (db m174712) HM
47Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2353 — Northern KY’s 1st Hospital
Catholic converts Henrietta Cleveland and Sarah Peter, with Bishop George Carrell, founded St. Elizabeth Hospital on this site in Jan. 1861. The Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis converted a vacant grocery store to serve those in need, including . . . Map (db m171959) HM
48Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1488 — Noted Historian
Richard Collins became famous for his authoritative “History of Kentucky”. Continued the work of his father, Lewis Collins, who in 1847 published a history of the state. Born in Maysville in 1824, Richard became a newspaper . . . Map (db m171957) HM
49Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Onerias Powell House
Designed and built by Onerias Powell, this house stood on the largest settled estate of its time. Since then the home has been the residence of General John W. Finnell, Councilman Joseph Jonas, and dignitaries of the Northern Kentucky area. The . . . Map (db m187387) HM
50Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1939 — Ritte's Corner
Named for Henry Ritte's saloon at five-corner intersection, this area has been hub of Latonia commerce since 1880s, when original Latonia racetrack (1883-1939), one block away, started. The opening of a section of Covington and Lexington R. R. in . . . Map (db m174650) HM
51Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1881 — Robert L. Surtees / Academy Award Winner
Robert L. Surtees. 1906-1985. 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 . . . Map (db m98036) HM
52Kentucky (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
53Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1484 — Sandford House / Western Baptist Theological Institute
Sandford House Built in early 1800s by Major Alfred Sandford. Land originally owned by his father, Gen. Thomas Sandford, who was first member of Congress from Northern Ky. In 1835 house purchased by the Western Baptist Theological Institute . . . Map (db m174604) HM
54Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2172 — Senator Richard P. Ernst / Ernst Mansion — (1858-1934) /
Senator Richard P. Ernst Born in Covington, Ernst was a lawyer, banker, philanthropist, & women's-rights proponent. Leader of the Covington YMCA for 42 years, he was a member of the Kenton Co. Bar Assoc. & Industrial Club. U. S. Senator, . . . Map (db m174679) HM
55Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — SFC Clotus O. Farris
[Front] To the citizens of Covington: in honor of their fallen brother and all American veterans of the Korean War who devoted themselves and their lives to our nation's freedom Eva G. & Oakley B. Farris [Left side] . . . Map (db m174610) WM
56Kentucky (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
57Kentucky (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
58Kentucky (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
59Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Sons of Union Veterans Monument
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Department of Kentucky Nelson-Garfield Memorial Camp #3 dedicated this 29th of May 2000 to the cherished memory of the loved and lost, who have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar . . . Map (db m174614) WM
60Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Spanish-American War Monument
"You triumphed over obstacles which would have overcome men less brave and determined." — President McKinley Erected in honor of the veterans of the Spanish-American War by Grafton W. Reed Aux. No. 9 — U. S. W. V. . . . Map (db m174607) WM
61Kentucky (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
62Kentucky (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
63Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1472 — The Point — Pioneer 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
64Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1527 — Trinity Episcopal Church
Parish organized, Nov. 24, 1842. Cornerstone of first church laid June 24, 1843. Gothic windows of the church sanctuary dedicated vestryman John W. Stevenson, governor and U.S. senator. Bishop Benjamin B. Smith consecrated the building in 1860. Bell . . . Map (db m172555) HM
65Kentucky (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
66Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Veteran's Monument
In memory of the veterans of the War Between the States 1861 — 1865 by Norman-Barnes Post No. 70 the American Legion Dedicated May 30, 1933Map (db m174615) WM
67Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1709 — William Goebel — Lawyer, Governor
Goebel began his legal career in this building and advanced through ties to notable leaders. Born in Pa. in 1856, Goebel rose from poverty. Elected to state senate in 1887, he served as president pro-tem of that body, 1894-1900. In the 1890-91 . . . Map (db m171929) HM
68Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2000 — William L. Grant / Lincoln and Grant Schools
William L. Grant Wm. Grant (1820-82), Covington city clerk, councilman, and state rep., supported public education for black children. He deeded land on Seventh Street for elementary school, which opened 1880; renamed Lincoln School 1909. A . . . Map (db m174668) HM
 
 
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May. 25, 2022