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  In 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 County, Kentucky.

In 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 Melvina Burklow.

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.

Cabin Photo gallery

Topographical Map of Area with Cabin Location

GPS Coordinates:

  • Lat: 37°12'35.64"N
  • Lon: 88°11'9.19"W

A digital representation of the layout of the cabin in it's original configuaration.

(Illustration by Bailey Johnson)

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