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Historical Markers and War Memorials in West Point
West Point, Kentucky and Vicinity
▶ Hardin County (50) ▶ Breckinridge County (15) ▶ Bullitt County (12) ▶ Grayson County (8) ▶ Hart County (48) ▶ Jefferson County (122) ▶ Larue County (21) ▶ Meade County (12) ▶ Nelson County (39) ▶ Harrison County, Indiana (46)
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|In World War I, Camp Knox (later Fort Knox), was located within the present city limits of West Point. Thousands of men trained here for battle, including Wendell Wilkie, later a presidential candidate. The camp was moved to its present location at . . . — — Map (db m122046) HM|
|Union Army General William T. Sherman built a fort on top of the hill overlooking West Point in 1861 to protect the supply base here. The trenches remain intact to this date. It was named Fort Duffield, in honor of the father of the post commander. . . . — — Map (db m131305) HM|
|Before you are the remains of Kentucky’s oldest and best preserved earthen fortification. The earthen walls were designed to stop cannon balls unlike wooden stockade fortifications of earlier periods. This original 1,000 foot long earthen wall was . . . — — Map (db m126334) HM|
|Bob and Randell Atcher, well-known country music stars of the mid-20th century, were raised in West Point. Their home was at 1010 Elm Street. Bob was the MC of the old WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. Randy Atcher was MC and host to Hayloft . . . — — Map (db m122092) HM|
This house was built by Abraham Ditto and his brother-in-law, Samuel Lansdale, in 1823. During the War Between the States, it served as a military hospital and in World War I, it was an army canteen.
Civil War . . . — — Map (db m122107) HM|
|The boat landing for West Point was known by its Spanish name of "Embarcadero." Flatboats would leave from here for New Orleans. — — Map (db m122105) HM|
|During the Civil War, Louisville was an important supply depot for the Union army. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N), which ran east of West Point, was vulnerable to Confederate attacks. Needing to protect supplies at Louisville and the . . . — — Map (db m122044) HM|
|Work on the fort began in the Fall of 1861 by the 9th Michigan Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel William W. Duffield and the 37th Indiana Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel George W. Hazzard. The build of the work and garrison duty fell . . . — — Map (db m126336) HM|
|Fort Knox is one of the Army’s major installations. Run by the Army’s Installation Management Agency, it is home to several major commands including the United States Army Armor School and Center and United States Army Recruiting Command, both . . . — — Map (db m126196) HM|
|In 1796, James Young and Samuel Pearman established the town of West Point on land owned by Young. It received its name because it was the westernmost English-speaking settlement downstream from the Falls of the Ohio River (Louisville). Over time . . . — — Map (db m122117) HM|
|This Federal style house was built by the town's founder, James Young, in 1797. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, stayed here while distributing flood relief to the victims of the 1884 flood. — — Map (db m122119) HM|
|Jean Neel Ford, wife of US Senator and former Governor Wendall Ford, was born in a house that once stood on this lot. Her father, Hoover Neel was LH & St. L Railway agent here. — — Map (db m122088) HM|
|This old bank building was erected around 1900 to house the old Kentucky and Indiana Bank. The Cumberland Telephone Company occupied the second floor. — — Map (db m122098) HM|
|A cobblestone turnpike was built to connect West Point and Nashville, Tennessee in 1839. Stagecoach lines operated from here to Nashville and also to Shawneetown, Illinois. — — Map (db m122095) HM|
| Lewis and Clark in Kentucky
One of the "Nine Young Men From Ky." that accompanied Lewis and Clark on 1803-6 expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Shields was born in Va. and moved to Ky. in the 1790s. By 1803 he was married and living in West . . . — — Map (db m122112) HM|
|The railroad track you crossed entering Fort Duffield Park was built in 1893 as the “Texas Route” to connect Louisville and St. Louis. A few years later it was renamed the Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Railway. Originally the line . . . — — Map (db m126374) HM|
|Samuel Pearman and a group of 12 men built a log cabin on this site in 1776. This was the first attempt at settlement in Hardin County. — — Map (db m122110) HM|
|200 feet east of here (across railroad tracks) is the James Young Family cemetery. The first known burial took place in the year 1800. Also buried here is a pioneer river man, known only to God. — — Map (db m122122) HM|
|This Bowl like area was part of Fort Duffield and was built to give the infantry guarding the fort added protection from the Confederate forces. There is another redoubt in the woods at the left end of the fort.
Funding for this sign provided by . . . — — Map (db m126371) HM|
|This is a scaled down replica of the construction and reinforcement wall of Civil War fortifications much like the actual walls of Fort Duffield would have looked. Fort Duffield is located 300 feet above this site and accessible by a quarter mile . . . — — Map (db m131304) HM|
|This home, built in 1899, was purchased pre-cut from a Sears and Roebuck catalog. A local carpenter assembled it. It was known as the "Three-I" pattern due to its popularity in the states of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. — — Map (db m122115) HM|
|Troops under the command of General William Sherman had their headquarters in this house in 1861. Built in 1845, it was known as the Judge Fisher home. — — Map (db m122099) HM|
|In late 1861, Stephen Stuckey of New Albany, Indiana invented a “rifled” cannon which proved to be more accurate than anything in use by the Union Army. The cannon was first test fired in New Albany and the gun exploded. Stuckey then . . . — — Map (db m126370) HM|
|You are now standing on the 38th parallel line, the same line that separates North and South Korea. The line goes completely around the earth and passes thru West Point at this spot. — — Map (db m122094)|
|Morgan, approaching the Ohio River, sent Captains Samuel Taylor and Henry Clay Meriweather and 130 men ahead to Brandenburg to secure boats for the crossing. It is unclear when Morgan’s men entered the town of West Point.
A Louisville newspaper . . . — — Map (db m122048) HM|
|From 1796 until about 1860, a Salt Warehouse stood on this lot. Salt was manufactured near here, thus Salt River received its name. — — Map (db m122108) HM|
|In early spring of 1806, Thomas Lincoln, who was to become the father of Abraham Lincoln, took a flatboat loaded with produce from the West Point boat landing to New Orleans. The trip, requiring about sixty days, was a profitable one and enabled . . . — — Map (db m122097) HM|
|In 1935, portions of property in Fort Knox military reservation were set aside for use as U.S. Bullion Depository. Constructed in 1936, it was placed under supervision of Dir. of the Mint, a U.S. Treasury official. First gold brought here by . . . — — Map (db m122049) HM|
|This original 1,000-foot long earthen wall was approximately 17 feet from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the wall. The top of the wall was approximately 9 feet wide. Time has eroded the walls to today’s present height and . . . — — Map (db m126368) HM|
|West Point, founded in 1796, received its name from the fact that when the town was established, it was the western-most point in the so-called English civilization. — — Map (db m122085) HM|
|This famous stagecoach stop on the old Louisville & Nashville Turnpike was built ca. 1797 by James Young, founder of West Point, Ky. At this inn John James Audubon wrote about seeing large flocks of passenger pigeons. Jenny Lind stopped here briefly . . . — — Map (db m122121) HM|