TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets

March 10, 1775, Daniel Boone and Michael Stoner set out to blaze a trail through the Cumberland Gap for the Transylvania Company from Fort Chiswell, Virginia.  With the aid of 35 axmen, they helped create the principal route used by settlers for more than 50 years to reach Kentucky from the east.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Logan County native James Bowie, born in 1796.  According to his older brother John, this was James Bowie’a birthdate.

March 10, 1810, Judge John Boyle, became the 5th Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice.

March 10, 1856, the General Assembly approved an “Act to incorporate the city of Paducah.”  Paducah was no longer an incorporated town, but a city!  The Act included elections for mayors, judges, city attorneys, wharfmasters, and a city council.  It was now okay for the city to pave the sidewalks and roads.

March 10, 1864, Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, high on the Kentucky River Palisades, began to draft blacks for the Civil War.  What unfolded over the next ten months was one of the most extraordinary events in the entire Civil War. Around 57% of all age military black men in Kentucky joined the Army, the highest percentage of all states.  More than 500 U.S. Colored Troops mustered into service during June 1864, and a record 1,370 new troops enlisted at the camp in July.  Approximately 10,000 African Americans received emancipation from slavery in exchange for service in the Union army.

March 10, 1869, Menifee County was created from Powell County, Wolfe County, Bath County, Morgan County, and Montgomery County and named in honor of Richard H. Menefee, a Kentuky U.S. Congressman.  The county seat is Frenchburg.  Other localities include: Denniston, Korea, Mariba, Means, Pomeroyton, Scranton, Sudith, and Wellington.  Menifee County was the 114th county created in Kentucky and covers 206 square miles.

1280px Map of Kentucky highlighting Menifee County.svg
By David Benbennick

March 10, 1870, Martin County was created from Lawrence County, Floyd County, Pike County, and Johnson County and named for John P. Martin, Kentucky U.S. Congressman.  The county seat is Inez.  Other localities include: Beauty, Job, Lovely, Laura, Pilgrim, Tomahawk, and Warfield.  Martin County was the 116th county created and covers 231 square miles.

Kentucky Trivia:  Mary E. Merritt attended the Berea College nursing training program in 1902 for a two-year degree in nursing.  In 1904 when the Day Law forced segregation of the colleges in Kentucky, Merritt finished her nurses’ training at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., affiliated with Howard University.  She was the first African American to be licensed as a nurse in Kentucky.

March 10, 1925, Deputy Sheriff Enos Murphy, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, died while going to the assistance of another deputy and the Madisonville Police Chief, who were involved in a shootout with two suspects.

March 10, 1926, Chief of Police Bart Rowe, Elkhorn City Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot by a drunk man who was attempting to sell moonshine in Elkhorn City.  Chief Rowe was able to kill his murderer.

March 10, 1930, Kentucky native T. Coleman du Pont offered to buy the Cumberland Falls to stop a hydroelectric power plant from doing so.  Mr. du Pont died before purchasing the land, but his wife backed up his promise and bought 593 acres for $400,000 and gifted it to Kentucky.  Today it is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

March 10, 1933, Deputy Sheriff Theopolis Madden, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, was killed while confronting a drunk man.  The murderer had been advised to leave town and go home earlier in the evening by other county officers.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Columbia native William Lance Burton, born in 1960.  Lance performed more than 15,000 shows in Las Vegas for over 5,000,000 people as a magician.  In 2010 he ended his 31-year show in Sin City.

March 10, 1968, Army PFC Walter E. Anderson, Jr. from Lexington died in the Vietnam War.

March 10, 1969, Marine Corps PFC Buford Hardy from Richmond and Army CPL John W. Hill, Jr. from Louisville, both died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Grace Victoria Cox, born in 1995.  Grace is a television actress known best for her role as Melanie Cross on CBS’s Under the Dome.  She later began starring in Starz’s Now Apocalypse and Netflix’s The Society.  In 2019, she acted in the bio pic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

March 10, 1997, Deputy Sheriff Gregory Hans, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, died by a gunshot at the scene of a domestic dispute.

March 10, 1988, John James Audubon State Park was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Patrick Henry Hughes, born in 1988.  Patrick is a multi-instrumental musician whose life story was made into the 2015 movie I Am Potential.

March 10, 1989, Kentucky basketball finishes the year with a 13-19 record, its first losing mark in 61 seasons.

March 10, 2005, President George W. Bush spoke at the University of Louisville to promote his idea of overhauling Social Security by letting citizens invest theirs into the stock market if they wanted to. What could go wrong?

March 10, 2018, Santa Anita’s GII $400,690 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds was won by a Keeneland graduate.

March 10, 2020, Madison County’s Berea College announced they would close due to the coronavirus, and Governor A. Beshear wanted all nursing homes to ban visitors except loved ones receiving end-of-life care.  Meanwhile, N.Y. City Health Commissioner stated, “We don’t recommend the use of masks.”  She made the statement to ensure health care workers had their supplies.  Finally, the Italian government put the entire country on lockdown after the elderly died at an alarming rate.

March 10, 2021, “We still have far too many deaths reported today,” Governor A. Beshear said in a short written update.  He reported 34 deaths for a state total of 4,884.  Around 881,477 Kentuckians had received vaccinations.  Meanwhile, LexLive across the street from Rupp Arena, opened.  The entertainment complex provides games, movies, and food.