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Historical Marker #831 commemorates Owen County for being named after a casualty of the Battle of Tippecanoe, a fight that some consider to be the unofficial beginning of the War of 1812. Born in Virginia in 1769, Colonel Abraham Owen moved to…

Historical Marker #1004 in Webster County remembers the brutal statement that was made by posting the head of notorious outlaw Micajah Harpe at a noted crossroads. Harpe's head served as a warning and deterrent for other potential highway robbers…

Historical Marker #1395 in Newport commemorates the Licking Furnace, which operated for more than twenty five years. Largely driven by the production demands of the Industrial Revolution, the mid-nineteenth century witnessed a boom in the iron…

Given to the University of Kentucky by the class of 2011, Historical Marker #2381 honors Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby. In May 1875, an estimated 10,000 racing fans watched the first running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.…

Historical Marker #1193 in Owingsville notes the history of the Owings House and it original owner, Thomas Deye Owings. Before the town of Owingsville was founded, most of the surrounding land was owned by either politician Richard Menefee or…

Historical Marker #774 commemorates the namesake of Lincoln County, Benjamin Lincoln, an American general during the Revolutionary War. Although Lincoln County was named after him, General Lincoln was not from, nor did he live, in Lincoln County…

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The Kentucky Historical Society invites you to explore Kentucky history online and on the road with the new "ExploreKYHistory" smartphone app! "ExploreKYHistory" takes the stories behind our community-driven historical markers, adds related items from the KHS collections and combines it into a historical tour of our Commonwealth. Read more About Us