Frankfort Chosen As Capital

Frankfort Chosen As Capital (HM16A8)

Location: Frankfort, KY 40601 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 11.373', W 84° 52.518'

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After Kentucky became a state, five commissioners were appointed on June 20, 1792, to choose a location for the state capital. They were John Allen and John Edwards (both from Bourbon Co.), Henry Lee (Mason Co.), Thomas Kennedy (Madison Co.), and Robert Todd (Fayette Co.). A number of communities competed for this honor, but Frankfort won by perseverance and, according to early histories, the offer of Andrew Holmes' log house as capitol for seven years, a number of town lots, ?50 worth of locks and hinges, 10 boxes of glass, 1500 pounds of nails, and $3000 in gold.

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Other contenders for the honor of being selected as the permanent seat of Kentucky state government had offered, as was customary, lists of contributions. These hopeful towns were Legerwood's Bend (Mercer County), Delany's Ferry and Petersburg (Woodford County), Louisville, Lexington, Leestown, and Frankfort. After thorough examination of all sites, the commissioners, following a majority vote, met with the legislature in Lexington on December 5, 1792, and gave their recommendation — that Frankfort was the most suitable site for the state capital. See over.
HM NumberHM16A8
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number1774
Year Placed1985
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 10:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 686071 N 4228979
Decimal Degrees38.18955000, -84.87530000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.373', W 84° 52.518'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 22.38" N, 84° 52' 31.08" W
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Area Code(s)502
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700-788 Capital Ave, Frankfort KY 40601, US
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