For Robert P. Letcher, during term as Governor of Kentucky, 1840-44. Born Va., 1788; came Ky. in 1800. Ky. Mounted Militia, War of 1812. Legislature, 7 years, Speaker of House, two years. U.S. Congress 1823-35. Presidential elector in 1836. During . . . — — Map (db m97123) HM
Land bought by John C.C. Mayo and sold to Consolidation Coal Co. to develop town and coal mines. Coal company laid out streets, built houses, stores, hospital, churches, and schools. Town named for Geo. C. Jenkins, a promoter and Baltimore banker. . . . — — Map (db m97119) HM
This Congressional Medal of Honor winner fought in Korean War. Born in Jenkins, June 1918, Second Lt. Kyle in U.S. Army with Co. K, 7th Inf. Regt., 3d Inf. Div. Lt. Kyle rallied his men amid intensive fighting to renew attacks on enemy machine-gun . . . — — Map (db m97121) HM
Route through here discovered by Christopher Gist, April 1, 1751.
Brig. Gen. Garfield and 700 Union troops forced 500 CSA men from here March 16, 1862 and burned CSA supplies. On last raid in Ky. Morgan’s Raiders dislodged Union forces here . . . — — Map (db m97150) HM
James Caudill, born in Virginia in 1753, first came to Big Cowan Creek in 1787. Because of Indians, he took his family back to North Carolina. Returning here in 1792 with his family, he built a cabin, stayed several years, went back to North . . . — — Map (db m97060) HM
Dedicated to all Letcher Countians that suffered on the battlefield and homefront during the War Between the States.
President Abraham Lincoln. Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, 1809–1865.
President Jefferson Davis. Born in Fairview, . . . — — Map (db m90835) WM
Company F of the 5th Kentucky Infantry was formed on October 22, 1861 from the men of Letcher County and was commanded by Captain Benjamin E. Caudill. The company called themselves “Caudill’s Army" and was nicknamed “The Yahoos.” . . . — — Map (db m90803) HM
About 500 yards southeast of Pound Gap, along the Fincastle Trail (Virginia side) is the location of the infamous “killing rock” where the Mullins’ family and friends were massacred on May 14, 1892. Five people were killed: Ira Mullins, . . . — — Map (db m90801) HM
Archelous Craft of Wilkes Co., N.C., was with small band of pioneers who immigrated to upper Ky. River Valley in 1804. Born Dec. 25, 1749, in Roanoke River area, Craft was a veteran of Revolutionary War; he fought in battles of Hanging Rock and . . . — — Map (db m97149) HM
We Who Share the Peace
Honor Those Who Preserved It
World War I
Adams, John • Adams, Ralph • Anderson, Clell • Brown, David N. • Brown, George • Brown, Sylvan • Bukhart, Bradley • Cornett, Curtis • Day, Douglas • Dixon, Elijah B. . . . — — Map (db m97163) WM
Pilot — Spy — Hero
Francis Gary Powers and the “U-2 Incident” catapulted activities of the United States into world view. This Burdine native, with other pilots directed by CIA, flew U-2’s . . . — — Map (db m97162) HM
Scotia Mine Disaster
One of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history. Faulty equipment ignited methane & coal dust due to lack of proper ventilation. On Mar. 9 & 11, 1976, twin explosions took the lives of 26 coal . . . — — Map (db m97157) HM