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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Owensboro, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Daviess 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> Daviess County, KY (40) Hancock County, KY (12) Henderson County, KY (50) McLean County, KY (10) Ohio County, KY (27) Spencer County, IN (56) Warrick County, IN (65)  DaviessCounty(40) Daviess County (40)  HancockCounty(12) Hancock County (12)  HendersonCounty(50) Henderson County (50)  McLeanCounty(10) McLean County (10)  OhioCounty(27) Ohio County (27)  SpencerCountyIndiana(56) Spencer County (56)  WarrickCounty(65) Warrick County (65)
Owensboro is the county seat for Daviess County
Owensboro is in Daviess County
      Daviess County (40)  
      Hancock County (12)  
      Henderson County (50)  
      McLean County (10)  
      Ohio County (27)  
      Spencer County, Indiana (56)  
      Warrick County, Indiana (65)  
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1 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1478 — "Stirman's Folly"
This imposing Victorian structure built circa 1860 by Dr. William Doswell Stirman, a successful physician. Received its name because he spent a fortune building it. In 1915, Samuel R. Ewing, civic leader and tobacco farmer, purchased and remodeled . . . Map (db m160124) HM
2 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1333 — A Governor for Tennessee
Albert Smith Marks birthplace site, Oct. 16, 1836. Moved to Tennessee at age 19. Served as the 24th governor of that state, 1879-81, following distinguished service in Civil War. Enlisted early in the Confederacy, rising to rank of colonel. Battle . . . Map (db m159323) HM
3 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1843 — Algernon Sidney Thruston
Col. Algernon S. Thruston Lawyer, soldier and farmer. Born in Louisville 1801, died 1864 at Thruston. Went to Texas with company of volunteers in 1836. Commissary General of Purchases (1837) and Quartermaster General (1838) for the Republic . . . Map (db m160173) HM
4 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 744 — Bill Smothers Park
Site of home of William Smeathers (Bill Smothers), who in 1797-98 made first permanent settlement at Yellow Banks, now Owensboro. Officer in Kentucky's "Corn Stalk" Militia in 1803 and on expedition up the Wabash River against the Indians in the War . . . Map (db m160142) HM
5 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Born With a Purpose
Every African-American family holds in high esteem women whose strength in the face of overwhelming odds provided hope and encouragement. Women have worked to strengthen their communities of family, neighborhood, school and church. Teaching . . . Map (db m159345) HM
6 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1307 — Buffalo Road
Buffalo herds opened first road in wilderness to present site of Owensboro. Bill Smothers, the pioneer settler of Yellow Banks, followed trail from Rough Creek, near present day Hartford, to Ohio River. Built his cabin at end of road, near here, . . . Map (db m159329) HM
7 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1183 — Confederate Congressional Medal of Honour
(side 1) The President, CSA, in 1862, was authorized to confer a Medal of Honour upon one enlisted man of each company for "every signal victory." At first dress-parade, thereafter, the men engaged in the battle chose, by vote, the . . . Map (db m119830) HM WM
8 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 590 — Courthouse Burned
Twenty-two Kentucky courthouses were burned during Civil War, nineteen in last fifteen months: twelve by Confederates, eight by guerrillas, two by Union accident. See map on reverse side. Jan. 4, 1865, the courthouse at Owensboro, occupied by . . . Map (db m119800) HM
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9 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 2467 — Daviess Co. U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War
(side 1) In 1864, several hundred enslaved African American men joined the Union army here. Enlisting in the army meant eventual freedom for the men and their families. Units raised in Daviess Co. took part in important operations at . . . Map (db m119826) HM
10 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1456 — Daviess Countians Who Served
During World War I approximately 80,000 men enlisted from Kentucky. Of this number 1,747 that answered the call to serve, between April 1917 and November 1918, were from Daviess County. Seventy-one were killed in action and seventy-six others . . . Map (db m119828) HM WM
11 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1158 — Daviess County
Formed in 1815 out of Ohio County. Named for Col. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss. As US attorney for Ky., he prosecuted Aaron Burr in 1806 for treason, in plotting to seize Spanish territory, a friendly nation; but he did not obtain a conviction. Joined . . . Map (db m159320) HM
12 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Dr. and Mrs. Clay E. Simpson, Sr.Owensboro Outstanding Community Service
Dr. Clay E. Simpson, Sr., native of Notasulga, Alabama and his wife Mary E. Simpson, native of Fayette County, Kentucky, served the Owensboro community for many years. As a Family Physician, Dr. Simpson made numerous house calls and delivered . . . Map (db m160137) HM
13 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 743 — First Coal by Rail
Robert Triplett built the first railway in Kentucky, 1826. Coal was moved from Bon Harbor hills to steamboats on the Ohio River. Triplett was first to get coal substituted for wood as fuel on river boats below Louisville. Coal was shipped south, . . . Map (db m160127) HM
14 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — First Home of Governor Ford
Wendell H. Ford, Kentucky's 49th Governor, first Owensboro native to become Chief Executive. Born Sept. 8, 1924. Served in U.S Army during World War II and National Guard, 1949-62. Elected National Jaycees President, 1956; International Vice Pres., . . . Map (db m159330) HM
15 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 2620 — Fourth Street Baptist Church
In 1830, a Baptist church began in a log cabin-house, which was provided for Black worshipers by Philip Thompson. The congregation was first led by Black Baptist Minister Oliver Potts. The Black Baptist Church was founded after the Civil War & in . . . Map (db m160131) HM
16 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1436 — George Graham Vest / "Tribute to a Dog"
George Graham Vest Established Owensboro’s second newspaper, The Gazette, near here in 1852, with Robert S. Triplett, an Owensboro businessman. Vest was U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1879-1903. Author of world famous “Tribute to a . . . Map (db m119847) HM
17 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1081 — George Mason
About 60,000 acres along Panther Creek and Green River owned by George Mason, author of Va. Bill of Rights and Constitution, 1776. Designed Va. State Seal. Member Continental Congress, 1777, and U.S. Constitutional Convention. A Virginian, friend . . . Map (db m160159) HM
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18 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1747 — Hazen A. Dean (1899-1984)
First Kentuckian to receive "70 Continuous Years of Service Award" from Boy Scouts of America, 1983. Scoutmaster for over 50 years; with Owensboro's oldest troop, 24, from 1949 till death. Among many honors, he received Scoutmaster's Key and Silver . . . Map (db m160147) HM
19 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1079 — Home of Thomas Clay
Revolutionary War Captain. Member, from Madison Co., 1792 and 1799, Ky. Constitutional Conventions; Ky. House of Rep., 1792-93, and 1796-98; Ky. Senate, 1793-95. Came here in 1812. Cousin of John Clay, father of renowned Ky. statesman Henry Clay, . . . Map (db m160191) HM
20 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Kendall-Perkins Park
This park was formerly known as Douglas Park in honor of Frederick Douglas, slave abolitionist. In 1973, renamed in memory of Joe N. Kendall and Joseph P. Perkins, two contemporary citizens of this community. These men gave many years of unselfish . . . Map (db m159342) HM
21 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1242 — Madison's Land
James Madison, 4th U.S. president, and wife, Dolly, owned 2,000 acres along Panther Creek, now Daviess County. Land held by them until sold in smaller acreages, 1832-34. Madison was member of Continental Congress, 1780-83, 86-88 and of Federal . . . Map (db m160063) HM
22 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 2384 — Medal of Honor Winners
(side 1) Daviess Co. natives who have received the Medal of Honor: John J. Given–Corp, Co K, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Died while trying to recover a fallen soldier at Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870. Thomas Cruse- 2nd . . . Map (db m119829) HM WM
23 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 2036 — Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. / Pulitzer Prize Winner(1926-1996)
Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. Born in Owensboro. Sleet was a graduate of Ky. State College and New York Univ. Beginning in 1955, he worked as photojournalist for Jet and Ebony magazines for 41 yrs. During the 1950s-60s, his photos . . . Map (db m159338) HM
24 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1500 — Old Trinity Centre
Erected in 1875, this building is the oldest example of Gothic architecture in Western Kentucky. Served as Trinity Episcopal Church, oldest brick church building in Owensboro, until 1964, when it was occupied by The Cliff Hagan Boys Club. The . . . Map (db m159333) HM
25 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Old Trinity Centre Parking Area
A portion of this property was generously donated to the City by Haley McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home in the year 1977. The combined efforts of the Beautification Committee, the Parks Department and Street Department have retained the . . . Map (db m159336) HM
26 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Peter B. English1904-1987
This park is dedicated to Peter B. English in honor of his many years of service to the United States Corps of Engineers and to the City of Owensboro. Through his tireless efforts, the land for this park became a reality. An avid sportsman, . . . Map (db m160129) HM
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27 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Russell S. Shifley1989-1987
This park is dedicated to Russell Shifley in honor of his 56 years of service to the City of Owensboro. This man was employed by the City of Owensboro in 1917, and served as Superintendent of the Sewer and Street Department from 1930-1971. . . . Map (db m159322) HM
28 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1192 — Sassafras Tree
This giant tree, first mentioned for its size in 1883, has been an historic landmark in Daviess County for several centuries. Believed to be 250 or 300 years old, it measures over 100 feet tall, with a circumference of 16 feet. It is probably the . . . Map (db m159324) HM
29 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1304 — Senator McCreery Home
Homesite of Thomas Clay McCreery. Born in 1816. He died in 1890. He was one of Daviess County's most distinguished natives, an accomplished lawyer, orator, and farmer. A presidential elector in 1852, 1856, 1860. United States senator from 1868-71, . . . Map (db m159326) HM
30 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — The African American Community in Owensboro
The years after the Civil War saw Owensboro's African-American community grow. The more than 3,000 blacks in Daviess County dwelt mostly in the rural areas in 1860, but by 1900 most lived in Owensboro. The lure of jobs, changes in agriculture, . . . Map (db m159355) HM
31 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Two Early Civil Rights Cases in Owensboro
The end of slavery in 1865 brought many challenges to Owensboro's African-American population. They struggled to find jobs, establish homes, educate their children, and find their place in the post-war world. In 1880 a system of schools for . . . Map (db m159343) HM
32 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — 1746 — Union Station
Built 1905-6, on site of the Louisville, Henderson and St. Louis depot. It represents an agreement between the Louisville, Henderson and St. Louis; the Louisville and Nashville; and the Illinois Central railroads to provide Union Station for . . . Map (db m159327) HM
33 Kentucky, Daviess County, Owensboro — Wendell H. Ford
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Sep. 24, 2023