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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Henderson, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Henderson 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> Henderson County, KY (50) Daviess County, KY (40) McLean County, KY (10) Union County, KY (17) Webster County, KY (9) Posey County, IN (15) Vanderburgh County, IN (47) Warrick County, IN (65)  HendersonCounty(50) Henderson County (50)  DaviessCounty(40) Daviess County (40)  McLeanCounty(10) McLean County (10)  UnionCounty(17) Union County (17)  WebsterCounty(9) Webster County (9)  PoseyCountyIndiana(15) Posey County (15)  VanderburghCounty(47) Vanderburgh County (47)  WarrickCounty(65) Warrick County (65)
Henderson is the county seat for Henderson County
Henderson is in Henderson County
      Henderson County (50)  
      Daviess County (40)  
      McLean County (10)  
      Union County (17)  
      Webster County (9)  
      Posey County, Indiana (15)  
      Vanderburgh County, Indiana (47)  
      Warrick County, Indiana (65)  
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1 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 527 — A Civil War Action
Brig. Gen. A. R. Johnson and 30 CSA raiders took city, capturing 50 guns, hospital supplies, and commissary stores July 17, 1862, then raided Newburg, Ind. and returned to Henderson. Threat of Morgan's Raiders prevented USA Hdqrs. at Louisville from . . . Map (db m88967) HM
2 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel
Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1900, Kimmel graduated with honors in 1904. Over his career he served on several battleships, commanded two destroyer divisions, a destroyer squadron, and the battleship USS New York. . . . Map (db m119784) HM WM
3 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1984 — Albert B. "Happy" Chandler / Albert Benjamin Chandler
Albert B. "Happy" Chandler This Henderson Co. native (1898- 1991) was state sen. and lt. gov. before becoming governor in 1935 and 1955. U.S. sen., 1939-45. As baseball commissioner, he approved contract making Jackie Robinson first . . . Map (db m172012) HM
4 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1523 — Artist-Naturalist
John James Audubon, 1785-1851, was one of America's most famous ornithologists. From 1810-19 he lived in Henderson roaming the woods in this area, finding and painting birds in their natural habitat. While here two of his children, John . . . Map (db m171994) HM
5 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1645 — Audubon Saw and Grist Mill
In 1816 John James Audubon and his wife's brother, Thomas Bakewell, built a steam mill here. The 45' x 65' structure cost $15,000; Audubon supplied over half the money. In operation 1817-19, it failed due to defective machinery and scanty wheat . . . Map (db m121859) HM
6 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Audubon's Mill
John James Audubon, the famed ornithologist and painter, came to Henderson in 1810 determined to make his fortune. He tried his hand at a number of businesses, initially meeting with some success. In 1816 he decided to undertake his most . . . Map (db m121860) HM
7 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1777 — Augustus Owsley Stanley
A dynamic orator, Stanley became nationally known for investigation of U.S. Steel Corp., while serving six terms in U.S. House, 1903-15. Born in Shelbyville, 1867, he moved to Henderson in 1898, and entered politics. Gov. of Ky., 1915-19; U.S. . . . Map (db m88974) HM
8 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Central Park Fountain
The "new" Central Park Fountain, installed in July 2003, is a faithful reproduction of the fountain that stood on this site from 1892 to 1963. Originally costing $3000, the first fountain quickly became a treasured landmark in downtown Henderson. . . . Map (db m119724) HM
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9 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1 — Confederate Raid on Newburgh
Confederate Brigadier General. Adam Rankin "Stovepipe" Johnson, a native of Henderson, is one of the area's most colorful civil War heroes. In July 1862, Johnson made a daring raid with a small force across the river into Newburgh, Indiana to . . . Map (db m121863) HM
10 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1206 — County Formed, Named
By Kentucky Statute, Dec. 1798, effective, May 1799, the county of Henderson was formed out of part of Christian. Named to honor Col. Richard Henderson, founder of the Transylvania Land Company, which was granted land on Green and Ohio Rivers by Va. . . . Map (db m88971) HM
11 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Delano-Alves House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m172064) HM
12 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Father of the Blues
William Christopher (W.C.) Handy, the Father of the Blues, lived in Henderson from 1892 to 1903. Handy, recognized as the first person to publish the blues, received his "calling" to create this written record while in Henderson. "It was . . . Map (db m121600) HM
13 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1926 — Fernwood Cemetery
Established 1849, cemetery contains graves of some noted Kentuckians; among them are Lazarus Powell and John Y. Brown. Powell, Henderson's first governor (1851-55), began state's first geological survey to develop mineral and . . . Map (db m172059) HM
14 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 717 — Gen. Samuel Hopkins
Born in Va., 1753. On Washington's staff & in many campaigns, American Revolution. Came to Ky. in 1797, as Transylvania Company agent. Helped lay out town of Henderson. Chief Justice of first court, 1799. Member of Ky. House, 1800-06, and Senate, . . . Map (db m88962) HM
15 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — General "Stovepipe" Johnson
General Adam Rankin "Stovepipe" Johnson was born in Henderson on February 8, 1834. His boyhood home was located at 100 North Main Street. In 1862, Adam Rankin Johnson was commissioned a Colonel in the 10th Kentucky Cavalry of the Confederate . . . Map (db m121683) HM
16 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Good Government League
During the 1940's a thriving nightclub and gambling industry developed in Henderson County, patronized not only by local citizens but also by workers from Evansville's war factories and soldiers from nearby Camp Breckinridge. By 1950 it was said . . . Map (db m121697) HM
17 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Henderson County Revolutionary War Memorial
Erected to the Memory of Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Henderson County General Samuel Hopkins Col. Wynn Dixon • Col. Nathaniel Powell Col. John Cannon • Col. William Marshall Col. Gabriel Green • Capt. John Furna Cannon . . . Map (db m89383) WM
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18 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Henderson County Revolutionary War Memorial
Erected to the Memory of Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Henderson County Lt. Turner Anderson Joseph Cabell, Jr. • Abraham Hatchett Nancy Morgan Hart • Capt. Blackman Moseley, Sr John Hart • Lewis Rouse Lt. John Harrison • Dr. . . . Map (db m89384) WM
19 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Henderson County Vietnam Veterans1961 — 1975
This Memorial is dedicated to those persons who served in The Vietnam War and in special memory of those who gave their lives. Reverse Those who Gave Their Lives Jeffrey L. Kockritz Kennet E. . . . Map (db m89387) WM
20 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Henderson's Governors
Henderson County has been the home of four men who have distinguished themselves as governor of Kentucky. Lazarus Powell (1851-55) Powell's opponent in the gubernatorial race was his former law partner and fellow . . . Map (db m121700) HM
21 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 870 — Home of Lucy Furman
Author, lecturer. Depicted life of Kentucky mountain people with dignity in books, serials. Born here, 1870, by age 23 she had been acclaimed for stories in literary magazines. First book in 1897. She worked and taught at Hindman Settlement . . . Map (db m172045) HM
22 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Husband Edward Kimmel
Born in Henderson, Kentucky on February 26, 1882. Kimmel was one of seven children of Marius Manning and Sibbella Lambert Kimmel. The family home was at 512 North Green Street (a state historical plaque marks the spot). He went through his . . . Map (db m119783) HM WM
23 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — John James Audubon in Henderson
In 1810, John James Audubon, the famed ornithologist and painter, his wife Lucy and infant son Victor arrived in Henderson floating on a skiff downriver from Louisville, Kentucky. Audubon loved the frontier spirit of Henderson in the early 1800's, . . . Map (db m121685) HM
24 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — John James Audubon Store Site
On this corner stood the General Merchandise Store of John James Audubon 1810-1820 Erected by Mann Bros. May 14, 1925Map (db m121861) HM
25 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 878 — Kimmel Homestead
Site of home of three generations of Kimmels. Indian fighter, Civil War Major (CSA) Manning M. bought it in 1872. His son, Husband E., born here, 1882. He graduated at Annapolis, 1904. Named Commander-in-Chief of US Fleet, Feb. 1, 1941. Stationed at . . . Map (db m119789) HM
26 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — L&N Bed and Breakfast
327 N. Main has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1895Map (db m172019) HM
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27 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 2220 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / Henderson
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Robert Frazer, a member of the 1803-06 Lewis & Clark Expedition, visited General Samuel Hopkins here in Feb. & April 1807. Frazer was traveling from St. Louis to Washington and back while helping the U.S. . . . Map (db m88964) HM
28 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 2 — Military Execution of Guerrillas
"A very large part of the state is completely overrun with guerrillas, who plunder farm-house, and fields, and villages at will, and often murder the helpless victims of their robberies." -Letter from Adjutant-General J. Holt to . . . Map (db m121698) HM
29 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 191 — Mothers Day
Here, Mary Towles Sasseen Wilson in 1887, first observed Mothers Day. Started with her pupils. In 1893, she obtained national observance. Ky. legislature recognized her as “originator of idea.” Congress adopted second Sunday of May as . . . Map (db m172026) HM
30 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Nancy Morgan HartRevolutionary Heroine — 1735-1830 —
Placed by the Gen. Sam'l Hopkins Chapter Map (db m119772) HM
31 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 2241 — Nurse Mary W. Arvin1879-1947
Ky's most decorated WWI female veteran. Born April 21, 1879, in Henderson. 1904 graduate of School of Nursing, Owensboro City Hosp. Joined Am Red Cross and served with Base Hosp 5 during war. On June 30, 1918, hospital in France was bombed by . . . Map (db m172061) HM
32 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Old Court Bell
This bell once used to notify the people court was in session, hung in Henderson County’s third court house from 1843 until 1963 when the building was demolished to make way for a new temple of justice.Map (db m119728) HM
33 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Operation Desert Storm Memorial
The people of Henderson County pay tribute to those members of its armed forces who served honorably in the Persian Gulf War "Operation Desert Storm" Jan. 16, 1991 Apr. 11, 1991Map (db m89457) WM
34 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Planters State BankEst. May 18, 1883
The bank’s resemblance to a fortress was intended to emphasize security. Its atrium is one of the oldest west of the Allegheny Mountains. This property has been placed on the National Register of of Historic Places by the United . . . Map (db m119730) HM
35 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 5 — Powell-Martin House
Born in Henderson on October 6, 1812, Lazarus Whitehead Powell served as Governor of Kentucky from 1851-1855 and as a U.S. Senator during the Civil War. Powell attended private schools in Henderson until the age of 14, later graduating from St. . . . Map (db m172031) HM
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36 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Prichett House
entered in The National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1998 by the U.S. Dept. of the InteriorMap (db m172023) HM
37 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 1703 — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The design of this English Gothic church was supervised by Bishop Benjamin Bosworth Smith; church consecrated by him in May 1860. Stained glass memorial windows from Munich, Germany, donated. Congregation organized in 1831; first church . . . Map (db m172027) HM
38 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Steamboats
Steamboats, with their capability to travel against the current, revolutionized river transportation and opened grand economic and social doors for Henderson. They lowered transportation costs, carried enormous loads of cargo, provided comfortable . . . Map (db m121690) HM
39 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Stewart House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior December 22, 1998Map (db m172069) HM
40 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — The 1937 Flood
The Ohio River Valley's worst flood occurred in January-February 1937. Three weeks of continuous rain, sleet and snow dropped 21 inches of precipitation during this period. The Ohio River reached its crest in Henderson on February 1, 1937, at the . . . Map (db m121662) HM
41 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 2574 — The African Baptist Church
The church was formed in 1840. Blacks Were baptized and admitted to the white Baptist church. In 1845 the African Baptist Church organized with separate services in the basement of the church led by Rev. Willis Walker, an enslaved man. The . . . Map (db m172029) HM
42 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — The John O'Byrne House
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built c. 1891Map (db m172020) HM
43 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — The Ohio River
From its starting point at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Ohio River flows 981 miles in a southwesterly direction to Cairo, Illinois, where it joins the Mississippi River. Henderson, Kentucky, . . . Map (db m121678) HM
44 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — They Served with Honor for Freedom
In Memory of Luther Skaggs, Jr. Medal of Honor—World War II Gary L. Littrell Medal of Honor—Vietnam War Map (db m89389) WM
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45 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — 66 — Transylvania Company
The company founded Henderson in 1797. John James Audubon made his home here. The town established the first municipal park west of the Alleghenies.Map (db m88963) HM
46 Kentucky, Henderson County, Henderson — Workers Memorial
Mourn for the dead, fight for the living. An injury to one is an injury to all. Dedicated on April 29.2006 to the women and men who have lost their lives on the job.Map (db m89392) HM
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Feb. 24, 2024