Frankfort Chosen as Capital
Posted by: geoprof123
N 38° 11.375 W 084° 52.516
16S E 686074 N 4228983
Quick Description: I always wondered why Frankfort got selected
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 4:01:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMERGQ
Marker Number 1774
Location Near New Capitol, Capitol Ave.& Todd St., Frankfort
After Kentucky became a state, five commissioners were appointed on June 20, 1792, to choose a location for the state capital. They were John Allen and John Edwards (both from Bourbon Co.), Henry Lee (Mason Co.), Thomas Kennedy (Madison Co.), and Robert Todd (Fayette Co.). A number of communities competed for this honor, but Frankfort won by perseverance and, according to early histories, the offer of Andrew Holmes' log house as capitol for seven years, a number of town lots, £50 worth of locks and hinges, 10 boxes of glass, 1500 pounds of nails, and $3000 in gold.
(Reverse) Frankfort Chosen as Capital - Other contenders for the honor of being selected as the permanent seat of Kentucky state government had offered, as was customary, lists of contributions. These hopeful towns were Legerwood's Bend (Mercer County), Delany's Ferry and Petersburg (Woodford County), Louisville, Lexington, Leestown, and Frankfort. After thorough examination of all sites, the commissioners, following a majority vote, met with the legislature in Lexington on December 5, 1792, and gave their recommendation-that Frankfort was the most suitable site for the state capital. See over.
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Marker Name: Frankfort Chosen as Capital
Marker Location: City
Type of Marker: Other
Marker Number (for official markers): 1774
Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Department of Highways
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