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June 16, 1774, Fort Harrod, Kentucky’s first white settlement, became established. James Harrod led 30-37 men down the Ohio River, then up the Kentucky River, to Landing Run Creek. They then traveled overland until they crossed the Salt River to a large spring in present-day Harrodsburg in Mercer County. Here they erected cabins and surveyed one acre in lots and 10 acres out lots that became their new town’s footprint. Fort Harrod is also referred to as Harrod’s Town or Oldtown.
On June 16, 1778, when he learned that Blackfish was preparing to attack Boonesborough with a large force, Boone eluded his captors and raced home, covering the 160 miles (260 km) to Boonesborough in five days.
June 16, 1841, Kentuckians celebrated the 66th anniversary of the Kentucky settlement at Harrodsburg with 7-10,000 people attending, 1,500 ladies. Four hundred military men in ten regiments lined up in elegant uniform. The sermon was given by the Rev. Joseph Stiles, with Ben Hardin as quest speaker.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lewis County native Alma Bridwell White, born in 1862. An interesting character, she became the first woman bishop in the U.S. and was a proponent of feminism. She also associated herself with the KKK and was involved in anti-catholicism, antisemitism, anti-pentecostalism, racism, and hostility to immigrants. She had a strong following.
June 16, 1906, the cornerstone of the current capitol building was laid in a grand ceremony with an estimated 20,000 onlookers. J.C.W. Beckham the 35th Kentucky Governor presided. The exact location of the cornerstone is unknown, although a plaque commemorating the event is located on the northwest rotunda pier wall. The distinguished architect was Frank Mills Andrews, a native of Iowa who practiced throughout the Midwest. The capital was open for business four years later.
June 16, 1917, Hourless wins the 49th Belmont Stakes over three others, going the 1 3/8 mile in 2:17:4/3, setting a new track record. The winning connections earn $5,800. August Belmont, Jr. bred Hourless, in France. He was foaled at Bedfordshire, England by Leopold de Rothschild. With WWI raging in Europe, Hourless was exported to the U.S.
Friday, June 16, 1922, Pillory wins the 54th Belmont Stakes over three others going the 1 3/8 mile in 2:18 4/5. The connections picked up $38,700. Pillory won the Preakness but didn’t run in the Derby.
June 16, 1940, Hartley Gillum, Mayfield Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a suspected bootlegger. Three days later when he resisted arrest, six officers shot and killed him.
June 16, 1942, local children portrayed a scene in a pioneer log school during a celebration of the 168th anniversary of the founding of Fort Harrod. Fort Harrod was the first Anglo-Saxon settlement west of the Alleghenies.
June 16, 1945, Polynesian wins the 70th Preakness Stakes going the 1 3/16 in 1:58 4/5 to earn $66,170. This was the only time the Preakness ran in June in Baltimore. It was held five times in June while run in New York. Polynesian beats Derby winner Hoop Jr.
June 16, 1956, Needles wins the 88th Belmont Stakes beating C.V. Whitney’s colt by a neck and Calumet by 2 lengths. The winning time of 2:29 4/5 earns $83,600. The Florida bred just missed the Triple Crown after winning the Derby and placing second in the Preakness.