John Findley was a hunter and fur trader who, in 1752, spent several months at the Shawnee town Eskippakithiki in Clark County. Findley returned to the eastern colonies with tales of rich land. It was Findley who told Daniel Boone, then 21, of the beautiful, fertile land teeming with game.
Seventeen years later, Boone finally reached the Bluegrass. It was the "second Eden" Findley had described and Boone decided to settle his family there as soon as possible. He was not the only one. The reports of Kentucky's riches brought back by Boone and others fueled the rush to this "promised land."
Every settler came in the hopes of making a better life. Many came to escape the hardships created by the Revolutionary War. Most were farmers who were not prospering back east. Some were recent immigrants. A few were younger sons of aristocratic families with limited expectations back home. And some were slaves who had no voice in the decision to come west but who shared in the peril.
In just fifteen short years, between 1775 and 1790, the population of Kentucky rose from just 150 to over 73,000. More than 11,000 of the new residents were black, of whom only 114 were free. Almost all of these settlers lived in the Bluegrass or on its edges. The face of Kentucky was changed forever in those years.
2. Fort Boonesborough
3. John Strode's Station
4. Stephen Boyle's Station
5. William Bramblett's Station
6. William Bush Settlement (Lower Howard's Creek Settlement)
7. John Constant's Station
8. Elijah Crossthwait's Station
9. John Donaldson's Station and related settlement
10. Dunaway's Station
11. Frazier's Station
12. John Holder's Station and Boatyard
13. David McGee's Station
14. Tracy's Station/Stoner Settlement
15. William Scholl's Station
|Placed By||The Winchester/Clark County Tourism Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:22am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 740936 N 4197151|
|Decimal Degrees||37.89001667, -84.26011667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 53.401', W 84° 15.607'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 53' 24.06" N, 84° 15' 36.42" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 790-1588 State Hwy 1924, Winchester KY 40391, US|
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