“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Warren County Kentucky Historical Markers

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By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
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Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 538 — A Civil War Defense Line
Troops under Generals S. B. Buckner and A. S. Johnston, CSA, took up this key position in the Southern defense line on Sept. 18, 1861. After Fort Henry fell and Fort Donelson was threatened, they evacuated Feb. 11-13, 1862. Gen. O. M. Mitchell and . . . — Map (db m83336) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1049 — Baker Hill
One of nine hills fortified by CSA making Bowling Green a strong Confederate defense center, 1861. Feb. 14, 1862, day after CSA left the area, USA forces in command of Gen. Ormsby Mitchell bombarded the town from here. It continued until a civilian . . . — Map (db m40755) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 997 — Bowling Green
Founded in 1796 by Robert Moore who built cabin at the Big Spring located here. This spring water was nucleus around which the town grew. Moore, his brother, George, and James Stewart posted bond of 1,000 English pounds to establish town in 1797. . . . — Map (db m128205) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Bowling GreenThe Confederate Capitol of Kentucky
A newly constituted state of Kentucky, having been conceived in sovereignty convention Nov. 18-20, 1861 at Russellville, established Bowling Green as its capitol. The commissioners to the Confederate Congress in Richmond were William Preston, . . . — Map (db m129938) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Bowling Green & Warren County
Established in 1797, Warren County is named for Revolutionary War hero, Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston. Bowling Green was platted in the late 1790s and incorporated in 1812. The city is believed to be named for New York's Bowling Green Park, where . . . — Map (db m39666) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1024 — Civil War Occupations
Threatened by Union forces to the west, CSA, who had occupied city five months and fortified hills, planned to evacuate Feb. 14, 1862. Other Federals came from north and bombarded from across the river. CSA set fire to depot and warehouses, as . . . — Map (db m39658) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Civil War Rifle Trench
Bowling Green's Civil War Defenses The Confederate army occupied Bowling Green from September 1861 to February 1862. During that time, troops camped nearby to guard against a Union attack coming through the open ground between Fort Webb . . . — Map (db m123093) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1051 — College Hill
Now known as Reservoir Hill, one of nine key fortifications of CSA defense during 1861 Civil War occupation of Bowling Green. Felled trees with sharpened ends were placed as cavalry barriers. Stones from a college building under construction went . . . — Map (db m39657) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Confederate Monument of Bowling Green
To the Confederate Dead 1861.     1865. — Map (db m123091) WM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 67 — Confederate State Capitol of Kentucky
Bowling Green named state capitol at the Convention in Russellville November 20, 1861. First Governor, George W. Johnson. Commissioners to the Confederate Congress, William Preston, W.W. Simms and Henry Burnett. — Map (db m129939) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Defending the L&N Railroad
Building a Defence Stockade for the L&N Trestle on the Big Barren River Railroad tracks, trestles and tunnels were frequent targets of Confederate cavalry raids and infantry attacks. During his "lightening raids" into Kentucky, Confederate General . . . — Map (db m39670) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2240 — Eliza Calvert Hall, 1856-1935
Side A Lida Calvert Obenchain (“Eliza Calvert Hall”), suffragist, press superintendent of Ky. Equal Rights Assn., poet, author. Her most famous story, “Sally Ann’s Experience” (1898), protested women’s inequality. . . . — Map (db m128207) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2282 — Ernest Hogan
Born Reuben Crowdus on April 17, 1865 in Bowling Green, Ky. He left home at age 12 to sing in minstrel shows. He became prominent as a songwriter in the 1890s. In 1895, he wrote “La Pas Ma La” & promoted it as first published ragtime . . . — Map (db m39656) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Felts Log Houseca. 1815 Logan County
Originally built by Archibald Felts on land near the Gasper River, this log house had remained relatively unchanged over the years. Recognized as a fine example of regional craftsmanship, it was moved here in 1980. Important characteristics include . . . — Map (db m47606) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fort C. F. Smith
Construction of this strong defensive work began in 1862 during the Confederate occupation of Bowling Green. After the Confederates abandoned the city the Union Army completed the fortification, named Fort C. F. Smith in honor of General Charles . . . — Map (db m39672) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1458 — Fort Webb
Constructed by CSA during early days of Civil War. One of numerous fortifications in Bowling Green area used by CSA and Union forces. Located at head of navigation on Barren and Green River systems, Bowling Green became an important stronghold with . . . — Map (db m39406) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Fort Webb and Civil War Earthworks
In 1860, Bowling Green was a thriving city of about 2500 inhabitants with many local businesses, a woolen factory, a candle factory, several mills, an iron foundry, and a newspaper. This city was vital to the war effort of both sides because of . . . — Map (db m39674) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — General Dynamics F-111FColonel Arnie Franklin USAF
  Arnold L. "Arnie" Franklin, Jr. was born in Franklin, KY, and his family moved to Bowling Green, KY, when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1962 and Western Kentucky University in 1966. He joined the USAF . . . — Map (db m84263) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Grumman F9F-5 PantherLCDR John Joseph Magda, USN
John Joseph Magda, Jr. was born in Camp Taylor,KY 1918. He attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, KY. After graduation in 1940, he enlisted in the United States Navy and completed flight training at Pensacola Naval Air . . . — Map (db m47719) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Henry Hardin CherryNovember 19, 1864-August 1, 1937
Leader of the movement to establish Kentucky Normal Schools and teachers College. President Southern Normal School 1892-1906. President Western Kentucky State Teacher's College1906- 1937. — Map (db m47601) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1127 — Hobson House
Located at the West end of Main St. Home of Col. Atwood G. Hobson, lawyer, banker and Union officer, begun, 1860. During Confederate occupation of Bowling Green, 1862, CSA Gen. Simon B. Buckner saved house at request of his friend, USA General W. E. . . . — Map (db m40073) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 769 — Home of Thomas Hines
Capt. Thomas Henry Hines enlisted in the Confederate Army, 1861. With Brig. Gen. John H. Morgan, 1862-63. Captured, July '63, in Ohio with Morgan. Led escape from Federal prison, Nov. '63. Leader of northwest conspiracy '64. Termed most dangerous . . . — Map (db m83325) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1831 — Home/Office of Duncan Hines 1941-1959
Authority on restaurants and lodgings in U.S. Born in Bowling Green, 1880. From places visited on business trips, he noted good eating places and inns. That led to annual editions of Adventures in Good Eating and Lodging for a Night. . . . — Map (db m128208) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1792 — Jacob Skiles and Three Springs
Pioneer merchant Skiles started to Ky. in 1790 by Ohio River flatboat, surviving Indian capture en route. He settled in Bowling Green, 1803, and later moved to Three Springs on the Cumberland Trace. Here he established a thriving mercantile . . . — Map (db m83355) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1882 — James T. Morehead, (1797-1854)
Ky.'s first native son to become governor was born in Bullitt Co. but reared in Logan Co. He read law under John J. Crittenden; began practice in Bowling Green. Served in Ky. House of Rep., and elected lt. gov. At Gov. Breathitt's death, Morehead . . . — Map (db m83348) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2322 — Lillian H. South1879-1966
A native of Warren Co., Ky., she exerted a powerful influence on public health in Ky. South earned her MD in 1904 and returned to Bowling Green to practice medicine, establishing St. Joseph’s Hospital in her family’s home on 12th St. She served as . . . — Map (db m39660) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting StarGen. Russell Elliott Dougherty, USAF
General Dougherty is a native of Glasgow, KY, having been born there November 15, 1920. He graduated from Western Kentucky University then received a law degree from the University of Louisville. Honorary degrees have been bestowed upon him from . . . — Map (db m84258) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1187 — Long Hunters
An exploring party of 13 “Long Hunters,” so named because of the long periods of time spent away from home, camped along Barren River in 1775. Their names were carved on a beech tree, a silent record of the first white men in this area. . . . — Map (db m83346) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Lost River Cave and Valley
At various times during the Civil War, the Confederate and Union armies were garrisoned in Bowling Green. Many encamped around Lost River Cave. Soldiers on both sides recorded their impressions of Lost River Cave and Valley in diaries and letters. . . . — Map (db m39673) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot
The L&N’s Debut - 1859
Traveling by train was exciting. Steam power locomotives meant a new age for passengers and freight. After nine years of construction, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad made its first run through Bowling Green in . . . — Map (db m39655) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom IIBrigadier General Edward Cherry, USAF
General Cherry was born in Youngstown, OH, on March 4, 1939 and moved to Bowling Green, KY as an infant. He and his family lived here until his father Henry Hardin Cherry Jr., began his career as an aeronautical engineer after serving in World War . . . — Map (db m47720) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1665 — McFadin's Station
First settlement in Warren County, 1/4 mi. east, was on north side of Barren River near mouth of Drake's Creek. Andrew McFadin, Rev. War soldier from N.C., surveyed area and established station, 1785. It was a popular stopover on Cumberland Trace. . . . — Map (db m128210) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 981 — McFadin's Station / Cumberland Trace
McFadin's Station The first in this area, 1785. On north bank of Barren River, built by Andrew McFadin (McFadden), one of 8 brothers from N.C., all of whom fought in Revolutionary War. Five of them later came to Ky., settled along . . . — Map (db m83356) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Morgan's Command Organized
Fall 1861 On September 20, 1861 John Hunt Morgan left Lexington, Kentucky with two wagons full of arms he had taken from the Lexington Armory. Eight days later he and his men, the Lexington Rifles arrived in Bowling Green and began his service . . . — Map (db m39671) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — Northrop T-38A(N) TalonCol. Terrence ("Terry") W. Wilcutt, USMC
  Col. Wilcutt is a native of of Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, having been born there October 31, 1949. He graduated from Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky in 1967 and earned a B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky . . . — Map (db m84267) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1360 — Odgen College
Founded here, 1877, with funds left by Robert Ogden, local businessman. Filled educational gap, as there were no public schools here until 1882. Prep school accredited in 1919. Ogden's criteria: regular attendance, gentlemanly deportment, diligent . . . — Map (db m47603) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1573 — Old Stagecoach Stop
Built in 1841 by Samuel Murrell, this house was a well-known inn and stagecoach stop on Louisville-Nashville road until the L&N Railroad was completed in 1859. This property previously belonged to Susannah Henry Madison, wife of General Thomas . . . — Map (db m128211) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2149 — Ora Porter
Ora Porter, born in Butler Co., in 1880, moved to Bowling Green at age 10. She graduated from Tuskegee Institute School of Nursing and was among the earliest registered nurses in Ky. She was an organizer of the George Washington Carver Community . . . — Map (db m83334) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1191 — Pioneer Surveyor
General Elijah M. Covington of the Kentucky Militia came here from North Carolina in 1795 to farm and survey. Acquired 23,000 acres in Warren, Logan, Edmonson counties. He became Warren County's first sheriff and surveyor. Helped to select the early . . . — Map (db m83352) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1417 — Potter College
School for girls founded 1877 as Cedar Bluff Female College near Woodburn. Part of the staff moved to Bowling Green in 1899 and began Potter College. Located on Vinegar Hill, now part of the campus of Western Kentucky University. School closed in . . . — Map (db m128332) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2158 — Shake Rag
Side 1 This African American community was founded in the 1800s. Bordered by the river and High, Ky., and 7th Sts., the area grew to include hundreds of residents, two schools, businesses, and churches. The architecture of Shake Rag . . . — Map (db m83332) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — St. Joseph's Historic District
Railroad Workers' Neighborhood Much of downtown Bowling Green west of Louisville & Nashville tracks owes its development to the railroad and to nearby industries. Most railroad workers stayed in downtown hotels prior to the mid-1880s when . . . — Map (db m47597) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 2333 — T. C. Cherry Elementary
Side 1 Named for Dr. Thomas Crittenden Cherry, who was superintendent of the Bowling Green schools for 32 years (1905-37). T. C. Cherry Elem. began educating children in the fall of 1950. It housed grades K-8, which included the first . . . — Map (db m137086) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Barren River
The Barren River is the Green River's largest tributary and is named for the barrens, large treeless grasslands found along its course. The first small steamboat reached Bowling Green in 1828. A series of locks and dams completed in 1838 make the . . . — Map (db m39665) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Bridge
Four bridges have spanned the Barren River at this site. The center pylon dates from the first bridge that was built in 1838. The Confederate Army burned the 1838 wooden bridge when evacuating Bowling Green in 1862. The current bridge was built in . . . — Map (db m39667) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Civil War in Bowling Green
Because of its important transportation routes, both armies recognized Bowling Green's strategic location during the Civil War. The city was occupied briefly by Confederate troops, who used many of the surrounding hills for fortifications. For the . . . — Map (db m39669) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Confederate Monument
This monument created due to the efforts of George B. Payne. In 1875 Payne lived in Topeka, Kansas. During the Civil War Payne was a private in the 4th Kentucky Infantry. He served as a courier for Gen. John C. Breckinridge and spent time during . . . — Map (db m39624) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Limestone Bluffs
The Barren River's bluffs generally consist of oolitic limestone. Subterranean erosion has resulted in a very unique karst topography which includes a proliferation of caves and sinkholes. High quality limestone was once quarried in Warren County . . . — Map (db m39668) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — The Nahm Building
~~History~~ The Nahm Building was constructed in 1888 by Emanuel Nahm for the E. Nahm & Co. Clothing, Hats & Shoes store. It enjoyed a prime location on Main Street in Fountain Square. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Fountain . . . — Map (db m47600) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade
The W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade is named in honor of a Marion, Kentucky native, who was an excellent student and superior athlete at Western Kentucky University from 1924-1928. He was among the students who faithfully worked to convert this site . . . — Map (db m47610) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 987 — Warren County / Portage Railroad
Warren County Established by Legislature, 1796, as the 24th county of Kentucky. Formed from part of Logan County. Parts of Barren, Allen, Edmonson, and Simpson counties later taken from original Warren boundaries. Named for Maj. Gen. . . . — Map (db m83350) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Bowling Green — 1201 — Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers / Warren County Awards
Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers Brig. Gen. William E. Hobson,   1st Brig., 2nd Div., 23rd Corps Col. Benj. C. Grider, 9th Ky. Inf. Col. J. H. Grider, 52nd Ky. Inf. Col. P. B. Hawkins, 11th Ky. Inf. Col. Atwood G. . . . — Map (db m83349) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Richardsville — Old Meeting House
Green River Union Meeting House, part of Great Frontier Revival of early 1800's, and burial ground are three miles northwest. Huguenots came 1806 and 1814, organized and built log church, then about 1845 present meeting house. Methodists, Baptists, . . . — Map (db m127786) HM
Kentucky (Warren County), Rockfield — 1954 — Providence Knob Baptist Church
Oldest Missionary Baptist Church in Warren Assoc., it was organized in Sept. 1804 with nine members. Five churches in Bowling Green and Warren Co. have formed from the parent church, including First Baptist Church of Bowling Green, 1818. Two . . . — Map (db m137085) HM

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