Monuments of Kentucky

Monuments of Kentucky
Kentucky, known as the "Bluegrass State," was the 15th state to join the Union when it did so on June 1, 1792. Known mostly for its beautiful scenery and natural attractions, Kentucky also has a rich history and has played an important part in the shaping of the United States.

Jefferson Davis Monument

Jefferson Davis was the first and the only president of the Confederate States. In Fairview, Kentucky, there is a monument erected in his honor that is part of the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site. The monument is a 351-foot obelisk that looks very similar to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. (The Washington Monument is 555 feet.) Construction of the monument began in 1907 but was delayed for several years because of World War I. The Jefferson Davis Monument was completed in 1924.

Jefferson Davis Monument
258 Pembroke-Fairview Road
Pembroke, KY 42266
270-889-6100
parks.ky.gov/findparks/histparks/jd/

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln is remembered with a monument in Washington D.C. and by having his face on two forms of U.S currency--the penny and the five-dollar bill, facts that most people know. Some might not know the 16th president of the United States was born in Kentucky and a monument has been erected to commemorate that fact and to preserve his birthplace. The Memorial Building houses both the cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born, and the Lincoln family's water source, Sinking Spring. It is part of the National Historical Park.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historical Park
2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748
270-358-3137
www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial was designed in the form of a sundial. The carefully calculated piece of art pays homage to 1,100 Kentucky residents who lost their lives during the Vietnam War, and includes the 23 who were missing in action. The sundial is designed to point at the name of the soldier on the day of their death to give the soldier a personal memorial day. The memorial was designed by architect Helm Roberts and was completed in 1988.

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
kyvietnammemorial.net/

Article Written By Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson has a degree in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in communication studies. He has written for many online publications, including sports blogs, a mental health website and music websites. He wrote five scripts for an online Web show called surewinner.tv. He also writes for Gather.com.

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