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14 > Image 14 of Inventory of the county archives of Kentucky. No. 54. Hopkins County (Madisonville)

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

I `-,. Historical Sketch I as Hopkins County was a part of Lincoln. This territory was included in Logan when that cou ty was created out of Lincoln and formed a part of Christian when Logan was divided to form that county. Later Christian was divided to form Henderson and the territory mentioned above was included with- in the boundaries of the latter county and remained there until 1806, when it was set apart as a separate entity and named Hopkins. It is quite evident, therefore, that the story of the early settlers of this county necessarily concerns the early histories of the counties of which Hopkins once was a part. Before the white man moved into the territory now known as Hopkins County, its hillsides and valleys were thickly populated with wild animals and fowl. Wolves, panthers, deer, bears, turkeys, geese, ducks, and other smaller game were here in seemingly inexhaustible numbers. (I) Although it was apasrvHy an ideal hunting ground for the Indian, there is no record that any savage 4 tribe ever inhabited this region. Frequent hunting trips to the territory; i howeveg were made by members of tribes located north of the Ohio River. (2) S _ Prior to such visits by these Indians, there is positive evidence that l Q 4 the valleys and rolling hills of the county were at one time occupied by the i "Mound Builders" a race without a history. The local center of the tribe ' appears to have been at Fork Ridge, where the remains of a rough stone fort * stand. high above Clear Creek encircling the edge of a steep hill and en- closing burial and temple mounds. The mounds, graves, ornaments, and the l numerous tools and weapons of hard stones found scattered all over the county indicate that an industrious, religious, and warlike tribe once inhabited this territory. From what place they came, howlong they remained, and when and I 1. Edmund L. Starling, History_o; Henderson Countv, Kentucky, p. 28. T 2. Ibid., p. 27.