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 ====== Big Bone ====== ====== Big Bone ======
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 Big Bone, Kentucky, is an area in southern [[Boone County]]. It is bounded on the west by the [[Ohio River]], and [[Rabbit Hash]], on the south by Big Bone Creek, which empties into the river at [[Big Bone Landing]]. The northern extent is along Hathaway Road, and the eastern portion extends not further than U.S. 42, and is approached from that direction by Beaver Road (Route 338) coming from either [[Richwood]] or [[Walton]]. Geographical features of interest include the now disappeared [[Big Bone Island]] and the Palisades of Big Bone Creek. The most notable feature is the famous [[Big Bone Lick]], now the site of a [[big bone lick state park|state park]]. The name Big Bone also applies to the area of several thousand acres surrounding the Lick. The area is drained by Big Bone Creek, Gunpowder Creek and by Mud Lick Creek. The latitude of Big Bone is 38.88N. The longitude is -84.75W. ​ Big Bone, Kentucky, is an area in southern [[Boone County]]. It is bounded on the west by the [[Ohio River]], and [[Rabbit Hash]], on the south by Big Bone Creek, which empties into the river at [[Big Bone Landing]]. The northern extent is along Hathaway Road, and the eastern portion extends not further than U.S. 42, and is approached from that direction by Beaver Road (Route 338) coming from either [[Richwood]] or [[Walton]]. Geographical features of interest include the now disappeared [[Big Bone Island]] and the Palisades of Big Bone Creek. The most notable feature is the famous [[Big Bone Lick]], now the site of a [[big bone lick state park|state park]]. The name Big Bone also applies to the area of several thousand acres surrounding the Lick. The area is drained by Big Bone Creek, Gunpowder Creek and by Mud Lick Creek. The latitude of Big Bone is 38.88N. The longitude is -84.75W. ​
  
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 The name of the area has often called for comment. The extraordinarily large bones of mammoths and mastodons found in the swamps around the salt lick frequented by animals, who need salt in their diets, was the most notable feature to be found in the entire geographical region. Even the first maps noted it as "the place the big bones are found."​ The name of the area has often called for comment. The extraordinarily large bones of mammoths and mastodons found in the swamps around the salt lick frequented by animals, who need salt in their diets, was the most notable feature to be found in the entire geographical region. Even the first maps noted it as "the place the big bones are found."​
  
-{{http://bcplfusion.bcpl.org/Repository/5_113.jpg?350   }}There have been excavations of several of the prehistoric sites in the area, as well as some excavations at historic sites. Several of the farms in the area were tended by [[slavery|slaves]] before the [[Civil War]]. Probably the most famous visitor at that time was General John Hunt Morgan, who passed by the Lick on a cold snowy day, with Captain Hines. They were escaping from prison after being captured in Union territory. ​+<​html><​img alt="​Excavation at Big Bone" src="​https://bcp.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/​search/​asset/​23415/​0"​ width="​350" align="​left"​ title="​Excavation at Big Bone"></​html> ​There have been excavations of several of the prehistoric sites in the area, as well as some excavations at historic sites. Several of the farms in the area were tended by [[slavery|slaves]] before the [[Civil War]]. Probably the most famous visitor at that time was General John Hunt Morgan, who passed by the Lick on a cold snowy day, with Captain Hines. They were escaping from prison after being captured in Union territory. ​
  
 The hamlet of Big Bone gained some status in the early 1900s, and a "​traction road," or railway, was proposed several times, but never materialized. The park itself became a reality due primarily to the efforts of [[John Uri Lloyd]] ([[1849]] - 1936), a notable researcher and writer from the county who founded the "Big Bone Lick Historical Association." ​ The hamlet of Big Bone gained some status in the early 1900s, and a "​traction road," or railway, was proposed several times, but never materialized. The park itself became a reality due primarily to the efforts of [[John Uri Lloyd]] ([[1849]] - 1936), a notable researcher and writer from the county who founded the "Big Bone Lick Historical Association." ​
 ===== More Information ===== ===== More Information =====
-  * //[[http://bcplfusion.bcpl.org/Repository/NicholasCresswell_PDF.pdf|The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell 1774-1777]]//,​ an early visitor of Big Bone Lick +  * //[[https://bcp.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/​search/​asset/​31318/​0|The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell 1774-1777]]//,​ an early visitor of Big Bone Lick 
-  * //[[http://bcplfusion.bcpl.org/Repository/BigBoneLick.pdf|Big Bone Lick]]// by Linda Layne+  * //[[https://bcp.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/​search/​asset/​34817/​0|Big Bone Lick]]// by Linda Layne
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 ===== Related Topics ===== ===== Related Topics =====
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   * [[ohio_river|Ohio River]]   * [[ohio_river|Ohio River]]
   * [[william_clark_at_big_bone_lick_1806|William Clark at Big Bone Lick, 1806]]   * [[william_clark_at_big_bone_lick_1806|William Clark at Big Bone Lick, 1806]]
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 +===== Related Websites =====
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 +  * [[http://​www.bcmuseum.org/​about-us/​bcm-history|Behringer-Crawford Museum]], Covington, Ky
 +  * [[http://​jeffersonswest.unl.edu/​about.php|Envisaging the West:]] Thomas Jefferson and the Roots of Lewis and Clark
 +  * [[http://​jeffersonswest.unl.edu/​archive/​places.php?​select=Big+Bone+Creek|T. Jefferson, Big Bone Creek, 1786]]
 +  * [[http://​jeffersonswest.unl.edu/​archive/​places.php?​select=Big+Bone+Lick|T. Jefferson, Big Bone Lick, 1801, 1803]]
 +  * [[https://​www.monticello.org/​site/​research-and-collections/​big-bone-lick-kentucky|T. Jefferson, Monticello, 1797-1807]]
  
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