Kentucky History Plates
Designed by Jill Jayne Read

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1. Opening of the American West

Opening of the American West - Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone pioneered in the opening of the American West when he first entered Kentucky on a hunting expedition during 1767. In 1779 he led the first settlers through Cumberland Gap on the way to the establishment of Boonesborough. (From a painting by George Caleb Bingham dated 1851-52).

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2. Transylvania College

Transylvania College

Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, established in 1870, was the first institute of higher learning west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Main College Building (pictured here) was built in 1818.

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3. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill

Founded in 1806, and by 1830 it was the third largest Shaker Colony in America. In 1860 there were over 250 buildings in the colony. Today, it is the largest restored working Shaker Village in America and a National Historic Landmark.

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4. The University of Louisville

The University of Louisville

The University of Louisville originated in 1837, and is the Nation's first municipally funded college, beginning with the establishment of both a medical and a law school.

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5. Henry Clay

Henry Clay

Henry Clay (1777-1852) was a U.S. Senator and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Secretary of State; and three-time Presidential Candidate. Known as the "Great Compromiser" because of his prominent role in attempting to avert the Civil War by authoring both the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850.

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6. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincolne

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), a native Kentuckian, was the Sixteenth U.S. President (1861-65); the leader of the Union during the Civil War; and is today one of the most revered American statesmen. During the war he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, delivered the Gettysburg Address, and approved the Homestead Act.

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7. War Between the States

War Between the States

(1860-1964) Kentucky's neutrality as a border state during the Civil War created a tragic rupture in the hearts of her populace as families divided to support the Union and the Confederacy. Battles and terroristic marauding destroyed the economy and the land.

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8. Kentucky State Capital

Kentucky State Capital

Frankfort, Kentucky. (Erected 1869-72). The current Capital building (dedicated in 1910) is French Renaissance architecture with a Neoclassic dome and is the fourth building to house the Capital.

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9. Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs in Louisville, built in 1875, home of the Kentucky Derby - the most exciting two minutes in horse racing.

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10. Cora Wilson Stewart

Cora Wilson Stewart

Cora Wilson Stewart (1875-1958) led America in the crusade against illiteracy when she introduced the concept of rural adult education in the Moonlight School in Rowan County in 1911.

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11. Mary Breckenridge

Mary Breckenridge

Mary Breckenridge (1881-1965) created the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925. It was the first rural health care system in the United States designed to provide nursing services to women.

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12. Man O' War

Man O War

Man O' War (1917-1947), perhaps the most beloved racehorse in history was foaled and is buried in Kentucky. Affectionately called "Big Red", he won 20 of 21 starts in his career and sired 62 stakes winners.

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