Big Bone Lick/Big Bone Lick-Three Miles
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Markerman62
N 38° 51.486 W 084° 46.533
16S E 693013 N 4303381
Quick Description: At Boat Dock Rd and Ryle Rd near Big Bone Lick State Park.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2015 3:33:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMNKH5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
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Long Description:
Side 1
Big Bone Lick
Robert Smith, an Indian trader, recognized the significance of the large bones. From 1751-80. Big Bone Lick had many visitors, including Christopher Gist, John Finley, Mary Ingles, John Floyd and McAfee brothers. Thomas Jefferson sent expedition headed by Wm. Clark to collect bones; the next largest collector was N.S. Shaler. Some tusks measured 8-10 feet long.

Side 2
Big Bone Lick
Three Miles
Discovered in 1739 by French Capt. Charles Lemoyne de Longueil. Early explorers found countless bones and teeth of extinct Pleistocene elephants, the mammoth and the mastodon. This saline-sulphur spring was popular for salt making until 1815-30. Its waters were noted for mildly curative qualities.
Marker Name: Big Bone Lick Three Miles

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Other

Marker Number (for official markers): 32

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Transportation


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