Fort Nelson Park
Backstory and Context
Built in 1781 by Richard Chenoweth, Fort Nelson was the second on-shore fort built along the Ohio River. The first fort, Fort-on-Shore, was built in 1778. Within three years, however, the military considered the fort insufficient and required a new fort, leading them to build Fort Nelson.
The park includes a few other interesting pieces of history. In one corner is a plaque that commemorates the founding of the town Louisville. Elsewhere visitors may stumble upon the plaque above a buried time capsule. The capsule was buried in 1975 with instructions to open it in 100 years.
Klayko, Brandon. There used to be a fort at Fort Nelson Park: The complete history of West Main Street’s pocket park, Broken Sidewalk. February 23rd 2015. Accessed March 27th 2021. https://brokensidewalk.com/2015/fort-nelson-park-history/.
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