A View from Sportsman's Hill

A View from Sportsman's Hill (tmp-b9abf)

Location: Stanford, KY 40484 Lincoln County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 28.159', W 84° 32.686'

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The threat of an attack by a large Native American raiding party was a very real possibility in 1788 when William Whitley established a horse race track at Sportsman's Hill. This threat continued for the next six years. By 1794, most attacks were by small raiding parties on single individuals or small groups in isolated settings. Completed in 1794, Whitley's home was the first brick house in Kentucky and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was visible from the Wilderness Road. The vista from atop "Sportsman's Hill" above the circular track afforded a view of the surrounding area and any approaching party. The close proximity of the house and the hill which can be seen from one to the other was mutually supportive if any type of attack were to occur. From the crest of the hill it was possible for the race spectators to view the race in its entirety and also the surrounding area. With the spectators grouped together at the crest of the hill, they could move in unison to the festivities and safety of the brick house. Luckily, no attack or assault ever materialized. The thundering sound of the horses' hooves in the autumn races echoed for years unmolested about the hill.
HM Numbertmp-b9abf
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 717124 N 4149768
Decimal Degrees37.46931667, -84.54476667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 28.159', W 84° 32.686'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 28' 9.54" N, 84° 32' 41.16" W
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Area Code(s)606, 859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1448-1858 William Whitley Rd, Stanford KY 40484, US
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