Historic marker removed from local monument after apparent theft attempt


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

LEDBETTER, Ky. - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has removed a historic marker dedicating the old Ledbetter Bridge after someone reportedly planned to steal the metal plate.

The placard was part of a monument dedicating the bridge in memory of Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark.

KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre says an inspector recently found loosened bolts in the areas where the plate was secured at the monument.

LeFevre adds that the KYTC believes the person who loosened the bolts planned to return at a later time and steal the plate. He says the incident is just one of many that highway crews have faced across Kentucky over the past several years.

“Over the last several years we’ve had metal drain gratings and various railings stolen from bridges," LeFevre said. "We’ve had hundreds of signs disappear from our roadsides....This is an ongoing problem statewide."

KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says the plate is now safeguarded at the KYTC District 1 Office.

The cabinet is reminding anyone who sees a missing or stolen road sign to report it to authorities.