Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Dedicate Historical Marker to Honor Karsner Air Field

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  
Contact Information:  Chelsea Compton
502-564-1792, ext. 4504

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2012) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor Karsner Air Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the intersection of U.S. 127 and KY 607 near Old Cedar Baptist Church in Monterey.

After World War II ended, Karsner Air Field owner and operator Harry Clark Karsner, a flight instructor during the war, brought aviation to Owen County. A neon sign on Karsner’s four-plane hangar proclaimed “Christ is the Answer.” He took this message to the sky and broadcast sermons from the air. He served Owen County as a magistrate, director of First Farmers Bank, a member of the Owen County Board of Education and a deacon at Old Cedar Baptist Church. He also served as state Aeronautics Commissioner. He flew his “Gospel Plane” across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.


This historical marker is sponsored by the Owen County Historical Society.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, commemorates historical sites, events and personalities throughout the state. Through the program, the wealth of Kentucky history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that add drama and interest to the countryside for Kentuckians as well as tourists. They are also available in an online database at

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit