The state of Kentucky was once a part of Virginia. The first permanent European settlement was established at Harrodsburg in 1774. Between 1784 and 1792, residents of this region known as the district of Kentucky held a number of conventions to discuss possible statehood. The General Assembly of Virginia passed an act on 18 Dec. 1789 to allow Kentucky to apply for statehood. Kentucky became the 15th state admitted in 1792 to the United States. Noted individuals who have resided in Kentucky include statesman Henry Clay (1777-1852), frontiersmen Daniel Boone (1734-1820), and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who was born there in 1809. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort.
Geographic Location: Wise County
Physical Description of Location: 12585-12649 Orby Cantrell Highway (US 23), Pound, VA 24279. Marker is on right when traveling south on US 23 at the top of Pound Gap.
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