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Arnold House and marker image, Touch for more information
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2016
Arnold House and marker
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Arnold House
Named in memory of James G. Arnold, Teacher, Benefactor, Man of God, who:

Organized the First Christian Church in Covington about 1830;

Re-organizd it after it was dispersed by an epidemic of cholera in 1833;

Built a house of . . . — Map (db m135364) HM

Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1967 — Ben Lucien Burman — (1895-1984)
Born in Covington and inspired by the Ohio River, he became famed chronicler of life and people along America's rivers and in Kentucky's mountains. His 22 novels, fables, and works of nonfiction were widely translated. Burman's Steamboat Round . . . — Map (db m98208) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Captain Mary B. Greene — 1868 - 1949 — Lady Riverboat Captain on the Ohio —
Mary Greene was born the daughter of a country storekeeper. When she married Captain Gordon C. Greene, she left the land to make her life and raise her family on the rivers of America. Captain Mary one of the few women to become a licensed boat . . . — Map (db m78667) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1429 — Carneal House
Built by Thomas Carneal, a founder of Covington, on land purchased in 1814 from Thomas Kennedy. First brick house in the city. Georgian in concept, style reveals the influence of the great Italian architect Andrea Palladio. In 1825 Lafayette . . . — Map (db m78041) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 039005 — Casper Ottens House — 1865
Casper Ottens House Born Hanover Germany Cigar Maker — Map (db m98087) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Chief Little Turtle
This great Miami war chief fought to protect the Indian hunting grounds of Kentucky and the villages of southern Ohio from the onrush of American settlers. Little Turtle twice led a confederation of Miami, Shawnee and Delaware Indians . . . — Map (db m78182) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2151 — Civil War Fortifications
(Side 1): Reports of Kirby Smith's CSA troops approaching Cincinnati caused panic in September 1862. Gen. Lew Wallace led Union troops and volunteers from rural Ohio (known as "Squirrel Hunters")across Ohio River on a hastily constructed . . . — Map (db m58144) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Covington Blue Sox — Federal League of Baseball Clubs — April 25, 1913 - June 26, 1913 —
Joined the Federal League in 1913. Home games were played at Federal Park at Second and Scott Streets. Defeated St. Louis in the home opener 4-0 on May 9, 1913. Sam Leever was the team's manager. Covington native Adolph Thoss played right field. . . . — Map (db m98127) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Daniel Carter Beard — “The Father of Scouting” — 1850-1941 —
“He’ll live wherever boyhood pitches tent beside a stream and fire is made by friction and coffee needs no cream.” Edgar A. Guest Daniel Carter Beard spent much of his youth in the house behind this statue. He played in . . . — Map (db m78103) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Dr. Geo. V. Flaig
Humanitarian who stood on this corner in snow sleet, rain and zero temperature collecting monies to help the unfortunate blind of this community for 30 years. — Map (db m135401) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1862 — First City Hall
(side 1) Covington's first permanent city hall erected on this site in 1843: one of the first in the entire Ohio Valley. During Republican State Convention in 1860, fiery emancipationist Cassius M. Clay spoke here. Almost eighty years . . . — Map (db m101812) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1659 — First United Methodist Church
Side A Congregation first used public school house, ca. 1805. The first building was erected, 1832, on Garrard St., then replaced by one on Scott St., 1843. Church split over slavery, 1846. M.E. Church South remained on Scott St,; Union M.E. . . . — Map (db m101808) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — George and Ruth Kohlbran Fountain
Dedicated in appreciation of their service to the City of Covington 1982 — Map (db m78999)
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Great Neighborhoods / Riverwalk Statues — A Treasure in Covington, Kentucky —
Plaque #1 (APA logo) the American Planning Association, through Great Places in America, designates Historical Licking Riverside Neighborhood Covington, Kentucky as a Great Neighborhood 2013 Plaque #2 Seven historic . . . — Map (db m78756) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — James Bradley
The life of this one man summarizes the experiences of millions of Afro-Americans. Born in Africa in the early Nineteenth Century, slave traders brought Bradley to America as an infant. By the time he was 18 years old, Bradley managed his . . . — Map (db m135910) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — John A. Roebling Bridge
John A Roebling (1806-1869), pioneer civil engineer, was the designer and builder of the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge which was completed in 1866. It served as the prototype for Roebling’s design of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was complete . . . — Map (db m55563) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — John James Audubon
“Nature must be seen first alive, and well studied, before attempts are made at representing her.” Best known as a painter of birds and most notably for his series called the Birds of America. Audubon came to the . . . — Map (db m78177) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Kennedy House — A Marker in George Rogers Clark Park — Covington, Kentucky —
(artwork) Built in the year 1791 by Thomas Kennedy one of the first settlers at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio Rivers. He operated the first ferry crossing the Ohio and his house was a stopping place for travelers journeying . . . — Map (db m78998) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2137 — Major League Baseball
Brothers John (1896-1968) and Joe (1900-1970) Heving of Covington made it to the big leagues. John began major league career, 1920, as catcher, while Joe made his debut, 1930, as pitcher. Several teams benefited during their careers of 8 and 13 . . . — Map (db m98035) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1460 — Mother of God Church / "Cradle of the Arts"
Mother of God Church

Full title: The Annunciation of the Ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Organized 1841 by Rev. Dr. Ferdinand Kuhr. Mother church of German parishes and second parish in Covington. First church built 1842. . . . — Map (db m135712) HM

Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1881 — Robert L. Surtees — 1906 - 1985
Obverse: This famous cinematographer won three Academy Awards during a 54-year career in the motion picture business. Surtees, a Covington native, distinguished himself as a specialist in color photography. He won Academy Awards for "King . . . — Map (db m98036) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1601 — Roebling Suspension Bridge
First bridge to span Ohio River, connecting Kentucky and Ohio. John Augustus Roebling engineer, Amos Shinkle, president of Covington- Cincinnati Bridge Co. The formal opening of this bridge celebrated, Jan. 1, 1867. A prototype for . . . — Map (db m78978) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Simon Kenton
Simon Kenton April 13, 1755 – April 29, 1836 Simon Kenton, for whom Kenton County is named, stands with Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark as a leading figure in the opening of the West. Kenton entered Kentucky in 1771 as a longhunter . . . — Map (db m78628) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — Simon Kenton
(DAR emblem) Erected to the memory of Simon Kenton May 15, 1755 – April 1836 Pioneer and Patriot by Elizabeth Kenton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution — Map (db m78629) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1863 — Slave Escape / Controversial Judgment
SLAVE ESCAPE

On a snowy night in January 1856, seventeen slaves fled, at foot of Main Street, across frozen Ohio River. Margaret Garner was in this group. When arrested in Ohio, she killed little daughter rather than see her returned to . . . — Map (db m130077) HM

Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 2165 — St. John the Evangelist Church
Side A St. John the Evangelist Church In 1848- 49 German- Catholics of Mother of God Church, Lewisburg, founded Stes. Peter and Paul School. In 1854, St. John Parish was created. Fr. Wm. Robbers (pastor 1879- 1903) was . . . — Map (db m78036) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1492 — The Point — Pioneer Leaders Here
Side A The Point Confluence of Ohio and Licking Rivers. Christopher Gist, Agent of the Ohio Company, was first white man known to have set foot on Point, 1751. The Lieutenant of Kentucky Co., Va., Col. John Bowman, led . . . — Map (db m78212) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Covington — 1865 — Una Merkel ~~ Film Star
This Covington native won a Tony Award in 1956 for performance in Broadway's "The Ponder Heart” and received an Oscar nomination, 1962, for "Summer and Smoke.” With her 66 motion pictures, Merkel (1903-1986) represented successful . . . — Map (db m130336) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Erlanger — 2154 — Erlanger Depot
The Cincinnati Southern Railroad built depot, and it opened in 1877. This is the last wooden depot between Cincinnati and Chattanooga. Passenger service between these two cities started in 1880. After depot had served for over 100 years, Norfolk . . . — Map (db m136041) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Erlanger — 2154 — Erlanger Depot / Erlanger Proper Subdivision
Erlanger Depot. The Cincinnati Southern Railroad built depot, and it opened in 1877. This is the last wooden depot between Cincinnati and Chattanooga. Passenger service between these two cities started in 1880. After depot had served for . . . — Map (db m136039) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Erlanger — 1626 — Timberlake
In 1826 this two-story brick home was built beside an Indian trail. Its builder, Major William Thornton Timberlake, in War of 1812, helped to develop toll road which became Dixie Highway. Home of son-in-law, Dr. John H. Stevenson, first . . . — Map (db m136078) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Fort Wright — 546 — Fort Mitchel
Near here stood old Ft. Mitchel, erected Oct., 1861. Scene of several skirmishes between CSA forces under Gen. Henry Heth and USA troops under Gen. Lew Wallace Sept., 1862. Major anchor in a line of seven forts defending Cincinnati. They ran along . . . — Map (db m78030) HM
Kentucky (Kenton County), Independence — 1168 — County Named, 1840
County named, 1840, for Gen. Simon Kenton, 1755–1836. Pioneer of area. Born in Virginia. At 16, thinking he had killed a man, fled beyond Alleghenies becoming companion of Daniel Boone and other early pioneers of Kentucky. Scout for Gov. . . . — Map (db m136086) HM

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