County Named, 1819 / Franklin

County Named, 1819 / Franklin (HM1KIH)

Location: Franklin, KY 42134 Simpson County
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N 36° 43.339', W 86° 34.728'

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County Named, 1819

For Capt. John Simpson, one of the nine officers killed at Battle of River Raisin, Jan. 22, 1813, for whom Ky. counties named. Fought under "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Settled in Shelby Co., Ky. Speaker of Ky. House, 1811. Congressman. County formed from Allen, Logan, Warren. "Cut-Off" three mile strip along Logan Co. added in 1869. Over.


When Legislature formed county, it authorized commission to purchase site for county seat. Three owners of land sought to sell site. Water source essential. William Hudspeth dug well here, but it was dry. He hauled water secretly to fill well, sold 62 acres. Water primed well and it was used many years. Town surveyed, 1819, and made county seat by Legislature, Nov. 1820. Over.
Marker Number912
Year Placed1966
Placed ByThe Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 537612 N 4064151
Decimal Degrees36.72231667, -86.57880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 43.339', W 86° 34.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 43' 20.34" N, 86° 34' 43.68" W
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Area Code(s)270
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 155-199 KY-100, Franklin KY 42134, US
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