FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker about the Civil War era in Bonnieville on July 4 at 12:45 p.m. CDT. The ceremony will take place on the north side of the Highway 31W bridge crossing Bacon Creek.
During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate armies used the recently completed Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The track’s tactical importance is commemorated in the new historical marker which notes that Confederate raiders and troops destroyed the railroad bridge crossing Bacon Creek four times between 1861 and 1864.
This marker is part of a larger statewide initiative to highlight the role of transportation in Kentucky during the Civil War. It was funded by a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant administered by the Kentucky Historical Society.
More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.