Murray, Kentucky: Grave of Inventor of Radio

Nathan Stubblefield demonstrated wireless voice communication in 1902, and died of starvation in 1928. His grave was unmarked until 1952. The tombstone declares him, "Inventor of Wireless Telephony, or Radio."

Bowman Cemetery

Address:
1519 State Route 2075, Murray, KY
Directions:
Bowman Cemetery. From downtown, drive north on US Hwy 641/N. 12th St. for 1.5 miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto KY-2075. Drive a half-mile. Look for the fourth black mailbox on the right, #1519. Drive up the driveway and park at the back; you'll see the entrance to the small cemetery. Please be respectful of the houses on either side.
Admission:
Free
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Grave of the Inventor of Radio.

Grave of the Inventor of Radio

Literally in someone's back yard. It's a beautiful memorial to an inventor who died a tragic death.

[Steffanie Campbell, 01/13/2022]

Murray inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield demonstrated wireless transmission of the human voice way back in 1902. He starved to death in 1928, and was buried in a pauper's grave marked with an iron stake. His children finally saved enough money to pay for this tombstone in 1952.


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