the late 1700s, Isaac Van Burkelow came down the Ohio River. Most
likely he then turned south and navigated down the Cumberland River,
or walked to the area currently near Dycusburg in current Crittenden
this time, this far western part of Kentucky was often know only
as, "Indian Country." Kentucky became a state in 1776.
"Kentucky County" was formed from Fincastle County,
Virginia. The county seat of this newly formed county was Harrodsburg
(KY). At the time Isaac probably arrived, Kentucky consisted of
about 4 counties. For a person with the pioneer spirit, this new
country offered adventure and a chance at opportunity and land.
On cold winter nights I often think about what it must have taken
to live on this early western frontier.
I located the cabin
in the early 1990s with the help of Carl Burklow from the Evansville,
IN area. I spoke with Carl about rumors I had heard and he verified
that it did exist and gave me some more information about where
to look. It took about three trips, and a bit of trespassing I
suspect, but I found it. I also identified family burial plot
near the cabin with one of the headstones belonging to Phoebe
I spoke with the residents
of a nearby house about the cabin. They pointed me toward this
cabin and said "a Burklow family" had lived there up
unitl the late 1970s. Other evidience would be the presence of
Burklow graves nearby and an old road/trail connecting with the
area where later generations of Burklows lived.
Map of Area with Cabin Location
- Lat: 37°12'35.64"N
- Lon: 88°11'9.19"W