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Charles Young image, Touch for more information
By Public Domain, ca. 1919
Charles Young
Kentucky (Mason County), Mayslick — 124 — Charles Young Birthplace — 1864 - 1922 →
Third Negro to graduate from West Point Military Academy. Colonel, United States Army. Distinguished for his service in Haiti and Liberia as a military organizer, map maker and road builder. — Map (db m83552) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Mayslick — 694 — Morgan's Last Raid
On tragic last Kentucky raid, CSA Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under General S. G. Burbridge defeated CSA next day. Morgan . . . — Map (db m83556) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Mayslick — 691 — Morgan's Last Raid
On tragic last Kentucky raid, CSA Gen. John H. Morgan and Raiders entered state June 1, 1864, took Mt. Sterling June 8, lost it on 9th, took Lexington on 10th, and Cynthiana on 11th. USA under General S. G. Burbridge defeated CSA next day. Morgan . . . — Map (db m83558) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — "Cane Brake" Visitor's Center — c. 1790
One of the original 119 log cabins built during the 1790's. Used as residence until 1950's; two-family dwelling at one time. V-notching construction, rear addition built c.1805 of frame & brick nogging construction, shake-shingle roof. Bamboo . . . — Map (db m84153) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — "Washington Courthouse Site" — 1793
Built by stonemason and Baptist minister Lewis Craig. Struck by lightning in 1909, burned to its stone foundation. Built of limestone, building was 50 ft. X 23 ft. with 2 ft. thick walls. Cupola for bell sat atop 25 ft. Octagonal tower topped by . . . — Map (db m84147) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 84 — Alanant-O-Wamiowee
Ancient buffalo trace carved in the wilderness by prehistoric animals seeking salt. Trace was later used by buffaloes, mound builders, Indians and pioneer settlers. Also known as Warrior's Trace. — Map (db m83623) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 877 — Alexander W. Doniphan
Born, 1808, about five miles west. Moved to Mo., 1830. As Brig. Gen., Mo. Militia, quelled Mormon riots with no bloodshed, 1838; refused execute Prophet Smith and others court-martialed. In 1846, Mexican War, formed lst Reg. Mo. Mounted Volunteers . . . — Map (db m83594) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Buffalo Trace — River Valley Hunting Grounds — 1600's
Early dwellers and visitors hunted bison, deer, and other game in Northeast Kentucky. Here, hunters take advantage of icy conditions at the shallow winter Ohio River crossing to kill their prey. The bison, or buffalos, ambling toward the Blue . . . — Map (db m83959) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1519 — Early Stage-Mail Route
This route follows the Buffalo Trace from the Ohio to Licking rivers and was first known as "Smith's Wagon Road." In 1829, President Andrew Jackson's Postmaster General, Wm. T. Barry, planned mail stage route, extension of branch of "National Pike," . . . — Map (db m83583) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1962 — Elisha Green — Religious Leader
Side 1 Born into slavery in Bourbon County, Elisha Green grew up in Mason County at "Glen Alice" farm outside Maysville. He later purchased freedom for himself and part of his family. A spiritual leader, he helped form African American . . . — Map (db m83624) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Front Street Maysville, 1850 — Sutton's Landing — 1850's
This county seat and trade center of over 4,500 people daily welcomed freight-hauling steamboats bringing in goods and visitors and picking up hemp, tobacco and whiskey at the bustling foot of Sutton Street. Senator Henry Clay and others stopped . . . — Map (db m83974) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston Born February 2 - 1803 Washington, KY. Killed at Shiloh Tenn. April 6 - 1862 Graduated West Point 1826, Black Hawk War, War for Texas Independence, Mexican War, . . . — Map (db m84142) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1165 — Hemp in Kentucky / Hemp in Mason County
Hemp in Kentucky First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky. production largest in U.S. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, with value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. . . . — Map (db m83598) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 2319 — John Samuel Darrough / Medal of Honor Recipient
Side 1 John Samuel Darrough Born in Maysville on April 6, 1841. His family moved to Iroquois Co., Illinois in 1852. He enlisted in 1862 and served in Co. F, 113th Illinois Infantry where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was . . . — Map (db m83611) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 91 — Johnston Birthplace
Near here on February 3, 1803, General Albert Sidney Johnston, Confederate leader, was born. He resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 to join the South. Killed at Shiloh, April 6, 1862. — Map (db m83579) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1878 — Joseph Desha (1768-1842) / Old Court-New Court Issue
Joseph Desha (1768-1842) As governor, Desha became major proponent of debtor relief. The Pa. native, under Wayne and Harrison, fought Indians and led troops at Battle of Thames, 1813. Elected from Mason Co. to Ky. legislature and . . . — Map (db m83585) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 738 — Kentucky Historian
Lewis Collins, 1797-1870, born near Bryan's Station, author of Collins' HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. He was presiding judge of Mason County, publisher-editor of the EAGLE, lived here 52 years. His 1847 study of his own state-revised by Richard . . . — Map (db m83621) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — La Fayette's Visit to Maysville — Fish Street Landing — May 21, 1825
On May 21, 1825, during a third, triumphal, visit to America, the Marquis de la Fayette, 67, visited Maysville. In appreciation for his services on General Washington's staff, and a commander of American troops, the town rolled out the red carpet . . . — Map (db m83971) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 2121 — Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / John Colter (ca. 1775-1813)
Lewis and Clark in Kentucky John Colter (ca. 1775-1813) One of the "Nine Young Men From Ky." who accompanied Lewis and Clark on 1803-6 expedition. Born in Va., Colter came as a youth to Maysville. Here he met Lewis, enlisted in the . . . — Map (db m83614) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 68 — Limestone
Settled in 1784 by Edward and John Waller and George Lewis. Named Maysville 1787. Pioneer river gateway to the new west. Located on lands owned by John May and Simon Kenton. — Map (db m83622) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Limestone Landing — 1780's
Simon Kenton, local militia leader, often greeted new families at Limestone Creek, emptying into the Ohio. Tobacco is inspected and weighed in the late 1780s, when Limestone is chartered as Maysville and Mason County created by Virginia. Folks . . . — Map (db m83961) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1941 — Mason County Spy Company
Side 1 Company formed when Simon Kenton proposed to Gen. Charles Scott that a volunteer company of spies (scouts) be selected and trained to protect pioneer settlements. They were called out for short-term duty and became known for . . . — Map (db m83601) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1616 — Maysville Academy
Ulysses S. Grant entered this academy in fall of 1836, at the age of 14. Grant's home was in Georgetown, Ohio; he stayed with his uncle nearby while attending school. One of the most famous institutions in Ohio Valley, it was taught by two eminent . . . — Map (db m83678) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Maysville River Front 1900 — Early 1900's
It's the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, and Maysville is in transition. Horse-drawn vehicles will soon vie with the town's first auto; riverboats will come, but the railroad is growing busier. Downtown thrives with new businesses and buildings. . . . — Map (db m83977) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 92 — Mefford's Fort
Built of boards of the flatboat on which George Mefford, his wife, & thirteen children, of Maryland, descended the Ohio in 1787. Many such houses were built along the river prior to 1800. — Map (db m83589) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1492 — Noted Historian
Richard Collins, born in Maysville in 1824, became famous for his authoritative HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, published in 1874. Continued the work of his father, Lewis Collins, who in 1847 published a history of the state. Richard was editor of . . . — Map (db m83619) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Paxton Inn
The property upon which this Inn stands was acquired by James A. Paxton in 1810. Paxton and subsequent nineteenth century owners of this building operated it as an Inn. Lawyers and townspeople gathered here. In 1918, the . . . — Map (db m84141) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 2150 — Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney 1928~2002 Born in Maysville, Rosemary Clooney topped the chart with “Come On-A My House” in 1951. Other hits include “This Ole House” and “Hey There.” Her first film, The Stars Are . . . — Map (db m5825) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Simon Kenton Shrine — c.1790
Authentic log cabin built in 1790’s, constructed as a general store operated by Lee, Lashbrooke & Company General Store. Named to honor Simon Kenton, who once owned a store in Washington. V-notching construction, shake-shingle roof. — Map (db m84154) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1839 — Stanley F. Reed (1884-1980)
This Mason Co. native was Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court from 1938 to 1957. Served in Ky. General Assembly, 1912-16. Under Hoover and Roosevelt, Reed helped rescue nation from the Depression, as General Counsel of Federal Farm Board and as . . . — Map (db m73222) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Stanley Forman Reed
In Honor of Stanley Forman Reed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Solicitor General of the United States General Counsel  Reconstruction Finance Corporation General Counsel Federal Farm Board . . . — Map (db m83676) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — The Lee House — Circa 1790
The Lee House Circa 1790 was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977 — Map (db m83978) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Underground Rail Road — Circa 1840
Prior to the end of the Civil War, escaping slaves sought freedom via the Underground Rail Road. Fugitives led by "conductors" traveled by darkness to refuges or "stations." Quilts often guided them, sometimes with the Drinking Gourd (Big Dipper) . . . — Map (db m83976) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1696 — Washington Baptist Church Cemetery / Washington Baptist Cemetery
Washington Baptist Church Cemetery Site of Limestone Baptist Church (renamed Washington), organized in 1785 by Wm. Wood, first pastor. He and Arthur Fox, Sr., bought land from Simon Kenton and laid out Washington that year. Wood gave . . . — Map (db m83597) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — Washington Hall — 1820
Grand hotel built by several prominent citizens in hopes of keeping the county seat in Washington. The effort failed to convince state officials the village could accommodate the many visitors for court related business and Washington lost the . . . — Map (db m84150) HM
Kentucky (Mason County), Maysville — 1893 — William G. Kenton (1941-1981)
This Maysville native was elected to Kentucky House in 1969. Became Speaker in 1976 at age 34 and served until death. Achievements included leading legislative independence movement and increasing public participation in government. William Kenton's . . . — Map (db m83605) HM

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