“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Morganfield, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Union 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> Union County, KY (17) Crittenden County, KY (10) Henderson County, KY (50) Webster County, KY (9) Gallatin County, IL (19) Hardin County, IL (11) Posey County, IN (15)  UnionCounty(17) Union County (17)  CrittendenCounty(10) Crittenden County (10)  HendersonCounty(50) Henderson County (50)  WebsterCounty(9) Webster County (9)  GallatinCountyIllinois(19) Gallatin County (19)  HardinCounty(11) Hardin County (11)  PoseyCountyIndiana(15) Posey County (15)
Morganfield is the county seat for Union County
Morganfield is in Union County
      Union County (17)  
      Crittenden County (10)  
      Henderson County (50)  
      Webster County (9)  
      Gallatin County, Illinois (19)  
      Hardin County, Illinois (11)  
      Posey County, Indiana (15)  
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1 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1762 — Baseball Great
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) began his professional baseball career while a lieutenant at Camp Breckinridge, 1944. The next year Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager, signed the four-sport letterman from UCLA for Montreal Royals, top . . . Map (db m123565) HM
2 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1424 — Camp Breckinridge Reported missing
Army post built in 1942, on 36,000 acres, at a cost of $39,000,000. Named for John C. Breckinridge, US Vice President, 1856-60, and Confederate Secretary of War, 1865. Created as infantry training center for up to 40,000 men. Used during WWII, . . . Map (db m123566) HM
3 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1844 — Earle C. Clements — (1896-1985) —
This Union Countian became governor following service in WW I, then as sheriff, county clerk and judge, state senator. As governor, 1947-1950, Clements spurred massive industrialization effort as well as road and state parks development. Resigned to . . . Map (db m123606) HM
4 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 612 — Forrest Reconnoitered
CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, on reconnaissance and foraging mission toward the Ohio River Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 1861, passed here with 300 cavalry on way to Caseyville. There he found large supply of hogs and took some along. After he left, USA . . . Map (db m123601) HM
5 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1787 — George Huston
A Harvard graduate and lawyer who specialized in land litigations, George Huston helped found city's first bank in 1869. He owned and enlarged this antebellum house from the early brick section where Dr. Brady, Huston's father-in-law, lived. At . . . Map (db m123605) HM
6 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1329 — Lincoln Spoke Here
Abraham Lincoln's only political speech in his native state, here, 1840, at age 31. An elector from Illinois, he campaigned for Whig presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. From Shawneetown, across river, Lincoln led parade. Young ladies rode . . . Map (db m123604) HM
7 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1547 — Morgan Springs
Under the municipal building lies the old Morgan Springs, named after General Daniel Morgan of Revolutionary War fame. Water from spring furnishes a portion of the supply used by fountain in front of building. The city of Morganfield was . . . Map (db m159492) HM
8 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1588 — Nally Spa
Four miles south of here stood the old Chalybeate Springs Resort Hotel featuring Sulphur Water Springs and a fresh water spring on its grounds from 1850 to 1890. The fresh water spring was renamed "Nally Spa" in 1975 to honor Union countian James P. . . . Map (db m189323) HM
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9 Kentucky, Union County, Morganfield — 1250 — Union County, 1811
The 55th Kentucky county created, it was formed entirely out of Henderson County. "It was possibly so named because of the unanimity of its citizens for division of the old county." Morganfield made county seat. Named for Gen. Daniel Morgan, who . . . Map (db m123603) HM
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May. 31, 2023