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The Ivy Mountain Battlefield Monument
The Ivy Mountain Battlefield Monument is located on U.S. Route 23 between Prestonsburg and Pikeville. It stands on Kentucky Highway Department property a few hundred yards north of the Ivel Post Office and the mouth of Ivy Creek. It was here, on November 8th, 1861, that the Battle of Ivy Mountain was fought. Plans are in the works to landscape the land around the monument and create a small picnic area on the riverbank below it. The two fiberglass panels which flank the monument will contain pictures, maps, and texts giving further information about the battle and the people who fought it.
The monument consists of a fifteen-foot-tall granite obelisk on a concrete foundation, with sidewalks and two interpretive panels. Cost of the entire package was $20,000, not including the cost of the pull-off and the parking lot. All costs associated with the project are being borne by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in order to honor a promise it made to Pikeville coal operator and hotel-keeper James Hatcher in 1928.
The Man Behind the Monument Ivy Mountain Casualties
The Designers of the Monument Battle of Middle Creek
The Case of the Missing Memorial Arch
Scenes from the Ivy Mountain Dedication