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Historical Marker #1338 in Hopkins County celebrates Earlington, a western Kentucky coal town. Founded in 1870 by the St. Bernard Coal Co., Earlington was named for John B. Earle, who was credited with having stuck the first pick into the…

Historical Marker #1849 in Louisville notes the location of the boyhood home of general and president Zachary Taylor. Taylor was born in Orange County, Virginia, in 1784 to Richard and Sarah Dabney Taylor. Richard Taylor had served in the…

Historical Marker #1609 in Greenville recognizes war hero Ephraim Brank, a sharpshooter during the War of 1812. A native of North Carolina, Brank moved to Muhlenberg County in 1808. Known as a "crack shot," Brank served in the Kentucky…

Historical Markers #85 and #2093 commemorate the Battle of Middle Creek, fought near Prestonsburg on January 10, 1862. The battle was crucial in the struggle to control the Big Sandy Valley, and future U. S. president James Garfield won an early…

Historical Marker #558 in Leslie County commemorates the Frontier Nursing Service. Founded in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service provided medical services to remote areas of southeastern Kentucky. The organization eventually…

Marker #1982 celebrates the history of the Berrytown community in Jefferson County. What became known as Berrytown started when the formerly enslaved Alfred Berry purchased five acres in eastern Jefferson County from Samuel L. Nock in 1874. Nock…

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