General George Rogers Clark

General George Rogers Clark (HM1YUW)

Location: Louisville, KY 40202 Jefferson County
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N 38° 15.538', W 85° 45.468'

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General George Rogers Clark
Felix W. de Weldon
A Gift to the People of Louisville
by the Hillman-Hopkins Family

( inscribed in the stones on the terrace )
In the spring of 1778, Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark led a small flotilla of boats carrying Virginia militiamen and adventerous settlers down the Ohio River. His mission was to advance the Revolutionary War to the Illinois Territory and on to the Mississippi River.
Clark needed a base on the Ohio River from which to carry out his military mission. The Falls of the Ohio and Corn Island presented Clark with an ideal site. The island was located above the entrance to the present canal. It seemed the perfect setting for Clark's camp, offering protection from Indian attack and a deterrent to desertions.
The Falls of the Ohio were the point of origin for the famous expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase in 1804. Captain William Clark, youngest brother of George Rogers Clark, led the trek with Meriwether Lewis. They returned in 1806 to display their trophies at Locust Grove, the home of the Clark's sister Lucy.
In 1804, George Rogers Clark proposed that a canal be built to circumvent the Falls of the Ohio to facilitate trade and commerce. Efforts by civic leaders to finance a canal had begun as early
as 1781. The Louisville & Portland Canal Company was chartered in 1825, and the Canal opened in December 1830.
Year Placed1973
Placed ByThe Hillman-Hopkins Family
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Date Added Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608679 N 4235278
Decimal Degrees38.25896667, -85.75780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.538', W 85° 45.468'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 32.28" N, 85° 45' 28.08" W
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Area Code(s)502
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W River Rd, Louisville KY 40202, US
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