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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Russellville, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Logan 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> Logan County, KY (35) Butler County, KY (13) Muhlenberg County, KY (12) Simpson County, KY (31) Todd County, KY (13) Warren County, KY (94) Robertson County, TN (39)  LoganCounty(35) Logan County (35)  ButlerCounty(13) Butler County (13)  MuhlenbergCounty(12) Muhlenberg County (12)  SimpsonCounty(31) Simpson County (31)  ToddCounty(13) Todd County (13)  WarrenCounty(94) Warren County (94)  RobertsonCountyTennessee(39) Robertson County (39)
Location of Russellville, Kentucky
    Logan County (35)
    Butler County (13)
    Muhlenberg County (12)
    Simpson County (31)
    Todd County (13)
    Warren County (94)
    Robertson County, Tennessee (39)
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1Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 6 Pdr Field CannonModel 1842
Used in war with Mexico–1846. Re-bored and rifled about 1861 to use 3.8 in. James or Hotchkiss shells indicating Civil War use. Mr. Marion Humphries, a local jeweler and businessman, was instrumental in fitting the cannon with a complete new . . . Map (db m123967) HM
2Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 2471 — A Civil War Skirmish / A Future President
A Civil War Skirmish On September 30, 1862, 600 Union troops led by Colonel Benjamin Harrison came here and surprised an element of Confederate Colonel John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry, led by Captain John Baker Dortch. After a sharp skirmish, in . . . Map (db m123399) HM
3Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 2480 — Bethel College / Bethel College Campus
Bethel College The school began as a Baptist-sponsored high school for boys in 1854 and was chartered as a college in 1856. It closed in 1861 due to the Civil War but reopened two years later. It continued as a four-year college until . . . Map (db m123350) HM
4Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 958 — Bowie, A Kentuckian
James Bowie, Col. of Texas Rangers and co-commander at the Alamo, was native of Logan Co. With 187 others-P. J. Bailey, D. W. Cloud, W. Fountleroy of Logan Co. among them-he chose death rather than surrender. "Remember the Alamo" was battle cry of . . . Map (db m123373) HM
5Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1071 — Cedar House
Site of the seat of justice for all Western Ky., 1793-1798. Logan Co. citizens erected two-story, four-room house of cedar logs, 1792, for first Logan Co. sheriff, Wesley Maulding. First court was held here, 1793. Also used as inn and tavern where . . . Map (db m123410) HM
6Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1960 — Civil Rights Activist Author / Alice Allison Dunnigan 1906-1983
Civil Rights Activist Author In 1948, Alice Dunnigan was first black reporter on campaign trail with a president--Truman. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, she was member of President's Committee on Equal Opportunity. Author of: A . . . Map (db m123369) HM
7Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 74 — Confederate State Convention
Here November 20, 1861, Confederate leaders from 64 Kentucky counties seceded from the Union. The state was admitted as the 13th into the Confederate States of America Dec. 10, 1861.Map (db m123371) HM
8Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1138 — County Named, 1792
For Gen. Benjamin Logan (1743-1802), pioneer and Indian fighter who called the Danville Assembly, 1784, leading to ten conventions preceding Kentucky's separation from Virginia, 1792. Logan served as a delegate in all ten, later in the legislature. . . . Map (db m123395) HM
9Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 658 — Governor's Corner
Home of Gov. John Breathitt, born 1787, Va. Came here, 1800. Lawyer, Legislator. Elected Lieut. Gov., 1828, and Governor, 1832. He was advocate of need for preserving Kentucky's valuable documents. He wrote: "There is a laudable solicitude to know . . . Map (db m123361) HM
10Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 657 — Governors' Corner
John J. Crittenden, 1787-1863, lived here, 1811-18. War of 1812, State Legislator, 15th Kentucky Governor. U.S. Atty. Gen. under three Presidents. Five times U.S. Senator. Noted for Crittenden Compromise, 1860, futile effort to avert Civil War and . . . Map (db m36113) HM
11Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1260 — Governors from Logan
Seven residents of Logan County became governors in four states: KY.     John Breathitt 1832-34     James T. Morehead 1834-36     John J. Crittenden 1848-50     Charles S. Morehead 1855-59 FLA.     Richard Call 1836-39, 41-44 ILL. . . . Map (db m123397) HM
12Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 871 — John Littlejohn
Born Eng., 1756, came America, 1767. Became Methodist preacher at age 20, riding the circuits in Md., Va., Ky. Came to Louisville from Leesburg, Va., 1818. Moved Warren Co., Ky., and then 7 miles south of Russellville in 1822. Died in 1836 after 60 . . . Map (db m123367) HM
13Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 2275 — John Littlejohn Cemetery
Burial place of John Littlejohn, esteemed Methodist preacher. He came to Russellville in 1822 and conducted camp meetings, services, & ministered throughout Logan Co. While he was a sheriff in Virginia, during the War of 1812, he was entrusted by . . . Map (db m123402) HM
14Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — Ken Barrett Field
Kenneth Ray Barrett graduated from Butler High School in 1950 as a star athlete. He served in the Navy for four years and then attended Western Kentucky University on a football and baseball scholarship from 1954-1958, graduating with a Masters in . . . Map (db m165518) HM
15Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 2218 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / Death of Meriwether Lewis
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky William Clark's 1809 Visit William Clark, coleader of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition, visited Russellville with his family October 3-7, 1809, while traveling to Louisville and farther east. Benjamin & . . . Map (db m123376) HM
16Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1791 — Logan County Jail, 1874-1977
This building replaced an old jail three blocks east which burned. To finance construction of new jail, a property tax was passed, 1869. By December 1874, jail operated on this site. Jail restored, 1979-1980. County records stored here by order of . . . Map (db m123396) HM
17Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1261 — O'Bannon House
Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC, the first American to raise our flag on foreign soil, April 27, 1805. Barbary coast pirates who were holding 180 American seamen for ransom were overcome in an attack led by O'Bannon. He came to Logan County in 1807. . . . Map (db m36114) HM
18Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 969 — Old Bank, Robbed 1868
Part of building erected about 1810 by Wm. Harrison, used as a residence by him and later by the Nortons. In 1857 front part built for Southern Bank of Ky. Building owned by Judge Hardy family sixty yrs. (1966). Mar.. 20, 1868, it was scene of . . . Map (db m123354) HM
19Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1761 — Rev. Valentine Cook (1763-1822)
Pioneer Methodist preacher who settled on Muddy River in 1806 where Camp Meeting was held, 1800. A teacher, orator and organizer of churches, he attended Cokesbury College in Md. and began ministry, 1788. Presiding Elder of Cumberland Dist., 1798. . . . . Map (db m165537) HM
20Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1314 — Revolutionary War Widow
Abigail, wife of General Daniel Morgan, died in 1816 and was buried in family cemetery ½ mi. south. Her husband, one of Washington's chief strategists during the Amer. Revolution, campaigned from Boston and Quebec, 1775, to the Carolinas, 1781. . . . Map (db m123411) HM
21Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 2601 — Rhea Stadium
Rhea Stadium was named for Thomas S. Rhea, a local & state political figure. It was a project of the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal program started under Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first game was played on Nov. 23, 1939. Dedication of the . . . Map (db m165513) HM
22Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — RussellvilleSite of the Sovereignty Convention
Here on Nov. 18-20, 1861, delegates from 68 counties of Kentucky in convention, by the ancient right of self determination and revolution, set up a newly constituted State of Kentucky. Henry C. Burnett, Trigg, was President of the Convention. . . . Map (db m124170) HM
23Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — To Honor Generals1776
Benjamin Logan William Russell John AdairMap (db m123970) WM
24Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1514 — Townhouse of Maj. Richard Bibb
Bibb, a Revolutionary War soldier was born in Va., 1752. He came to Lexington, Kentucky in 1798; moved to Logan Co. the next year where he built Bibb's Chapel. Later erected this house for his wife. Maj. Bibb freed 29 of his slaves in 1829 and sent . . . Map (db m123348) HM
25Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1972 — United Methodist Temple
Church became known as a temple after a news story praised its windows during 1917 renovation. Its first pipe organ was provided by matching funds from Andrew Carnegie. Here, on Christians Heritage Day 1965, Logan Countians honored the memory of . . . Map (db m123353) HM
May. 15, 2021