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KY Historical Society to dedicate marker in Chalybeate Springs

By Jalene Zaccone
News from the Kentucky Historical Society

FRANKFORT, KY (Thu 2 Jun 2016) - The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker in Chalybeate Springs on Saturday, June 11, at 10amCT, at the intersection of Highways 101 and S 3611.

The marker relates the histories of Chameleon and Chalybeate springs, two 19th and 20th century resort areas in Edmonson County, which was established at an 1825 meeting at Bryan's Tavern at Chameleon Springs.

In 1804, the Chameleon Spring Hotel was established at a "long hunter" campsite. The summer resort had five different mineral waters and offered many activities. It closed in the early 1930s.

Dr. William Ford discovered Chalybeate Springs in the early 1800s. Its waters were famous for their reported healing powers. The Chalybeate Springs Hotel provided dancing, dining, horse racing, golf, tennis and fox hunting. It was a popular resort for more than 100 years and closed during World War II.

More than 2,400 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky's history. Information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text as well as the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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