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Bullitt County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bullitt County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Shepherdsville
Largest city Mount Washington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

300 sq mi (777 km²)
299 sq mi (774 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.37%
Population
 - (2007 (est.))
 - Density

73,931
205/sq mi (79/km²)
Founded 1797
Named for Alexander Scott Bullitt, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1800–1804).
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Bullit county kentucky courthouse.jpg
Bullitt County Courthouse in Shepherdsville.
Website www.bullittcounty.org

Bullitt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky,[1] just south of the city of Louisville. It is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bullitt is one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The population was 61,236 as of the 2000 census. Population estimates of 2008 put the population at 75,028. Shepherdsville is the county seat.[1]

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History

Bullitt County is named after Alexander Scott Bullitt, one of the architects of Kentucky government, and was created on January 1, 1797. It was formed out of parts of Jefferson and Nelson County. In 1811, the current northwestern area of the county was formed from land given by Jefferson County, and when Spencer County was created in 1824, land from the eastern boundary was given to them.[2]

In the late 1700s to the mid 1800s, Bullitt County was the site of thriving Salt and Iron works industries.

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Natural disasters

The Great Flood of the Ohio River Valley in 1937 left a profound impact throughout the region, and Bullitt County was no different. Much of the county was covered, including the cities of Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction. Most local attention was diverted to Louisville, but at least a few of the nearby news sources reported on the event in Bullitt County. One such notable source was the Jeffersonia, a local newspaper of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, which reported the inundation of Shepherdsville and the general state of panic in the town.[3]

On May 28, 1996 a large tornado outbreak occurred and an F4 tornado hit Brooks and Pioneer Village causing millions of dollars in damage but only 10 injures. A more recent tornado outbreak happened in mid-October 2007 from Florida to Michigan, from Oklahoma to Ohio. One tornado hit Bullitt County twice getting to strength of an EF1.

Economy

A UPS 757 Freighter aircraft

Bullitt County, which is bisected by I-65, the main north-south transportation corridor, has grown into a thriving distribution hub, and several of its major business parks are just about 16 miles (26 km) from Louisville International Airport and UPS’s global air-freight hub Worldport. More than 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) of distribution, warehousing and other complexes have been built and absorbed in Bullitt County since 2000, and additional construction is ongoing.

Additionally, Bullitt residents have easy access to major job centers such as Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, and Louisville.

Parks and outdoor attractions

Sign at the entrance of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Knobs State Forest in Bullitt County, Kentucky's newest state forest, has added 429 acres (1.74 km2), bringing the total size to 1,539 acres (6.23 km2). The forest will have no visitor’s center or other man-made features, and it initially will have no established trails. Gwen Holt, information officer for the Division of Forestry said she expects it to be used for hiking, with trails being worn in over time, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. You can even bring your dogs if you keep them on a leash.

Knob State Forest is located near the 14,000-acre (57 km2) nationally recognized Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Louisville.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 300 square miles (777 km2), of which 299 square miles (774 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Graph of Bullitt County population by decade
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 3,542
1810 4,311 21.7%
1820 5,831 35.3%
1830 5,652 −3.1%
1840 6,334 12.1%
1850 6,774 6.9%
1860 7,289 7.6%
1870 7,781 6.7%
1880 8,521 9.5%
1890 8,291 −2.7%
1900 9,602 15.8%
1910 9,487 −1.2%
1920 9,328 −1.7%
1930 8,868 −4.9%
1940 9,511 7.3%
1950 11,349 19.3%
1960 15,726 38.6%
1970 26,090 65.9%
1980 43,346 66.1%
1990 47,567 9.7%
2000 61,236 28.7%
Est. 2008 75,028 22.5%
Kentucky State Data Center

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 61,236 people, 22,171 households, and 17,736 families residing in the county. The population density was 205 per square mile (79 /km2). There were 23,160 housing units at an average density of 77 per square mile (30 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.07% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,171 households out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.00% were non-families. 16.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 32.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,058 (2005), and the median income for a family was $49,481. Males had a median income of $35,851 versus $24,098 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,339. About 6.20% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Although large-scale residential development hasn't made its way south of county seat Shepherdsville, the growth is apparent in and around that town and in Mount Washington, as well as points north along I-65 towards Hillview. Both Shepherdsville and Mount Washington have stretched their boundaries such that they are nearly touching each other. The 10-mile (16 km) stretch of Kentucky 44 that connects the two towns have homes nearly the entire expanse.

Schools

Bullitt County is served by Bullitt County Public Schools.

There are 3 High Schools:

County infrastructure

  • Jewish Hospital Medical Center South, opened in Hillview in May 2006. It's a $35 million, 49,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) outpatient center that provides surgery, diagnostic imaging and 24-hour emergency care, with an adjacent 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) medical office building. Status: A 60 inpatient hospital bed was approved in 2009 but expansion has not yet begun.
  • Bullitt Community College, Bullitt County officials and business leaders as well as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are working toward the development of a permanent college campus in Bullitt County. The county has agreed to donate 40 acres (160,000 m2) near the intersection of Kentucky 245 and Interstate 65 for a permanent campus, but will need $28 million to $35 million for construction and equipment costs. Status: Planning stage.
  • Heritage Hill, an upscale residential golf community, located off Kentucky 480. A multi-year development covering 840 acres (3.4 km2) with 40% preserved as green space, a seven-mile (11 km) walking trail, a farmhouse which was built in the early 1800s being converted into a community center, and an 18-hole championship public golf course. Status: Construction began in early 2005, with 1,200 home sites planned for the 840-acre (3.4 km2) development in the next 10 to 12 years.

Police protection

There are several police agencies in Bullitt County. The primary law enforcement agency in the county is the Bullitt County Sheriff. The current Sheriff of Bullitt County is Donnie Tinnell. The Sheriff's Office is an elected position and is staffed by 34 Deputy Sheriff's, and four office staff. There are also 9 Deputies and Court Certified Security Officers (CCSOs) who provide courthouse security as required by Kentucky law. The Sheriff's office provides patrol, crime prevention, criminal investigation; and all other police related functions in the county. The primary areas for the Sheriff's patrol division are the unincorporated areas in Bullitt County they also provide backup for the various city police agencies. Since 1989 the Sheriff's Office has been contracted by the County Fiscal Court to provide the County Police force to the citizens of Bullitt County after the County Police Department was folded. The County Sheriff's Office has deputies assigned to the Drug Task Force, Arson Task Force, Accident Reconstruction Team, Rapid Response Team, Technical Operations, ATV Squad, Boat Patrol, Hostage Negoations, and an Incident Command Team. Most of the services are provided while on duty or for free by Special Deputies who serve their county for free, even paying for their own equipment, uniforms, and sidearm.

The Sheriff's Office also collects taxes for most of the other agencies in Bullitt County with the exception of the cities.

The cities of Bullitt County are staffed by City Police Departments in accordance with KRS Chapter 95. There are 5 City Police Departments in Bullitt County.

Shepherdsville Police Department The Shepherdsville Police Department provides protection to the City of Shepherdsville with 25 officers including bike patrols, K9's, and members on the Bullitt County Drug Task Force and Bullitt County Accident Reconstruction Team. For more information please visit there website www.sheppolice.com Shepherdsville's Chief is Col. Doug Puckett, Chief Puckett retired from the Louisville Police Department.

Hillview Police Department The City of Hillview Police Department provides 15 Police Officers who are community oriented and have bike patrols, several community based events each year, and give their community a professional organization. Please visit their website at www.hillviewkycityhall.com for more information. In 2008 Col Aaron Yates was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Hillview leaving the Jefferson County, KY Sheriff's Office after 10 years.

Mount Washington Police Department The Mount Washington Police Department recently built a new station staffs 16 officers for the Mount Washington city limits. They recently appointed Col. Roy Daughtery as the new Chief.

Pioneer Village Police Department The City of Pioneer Village is land locked between Fox Chase, Hebron Estates, and Hillview. Chief Dave Greenwell spent years with the County Sheriff's Office prior to taking the reins of Pioneer Village as interim Chief and later appointed by the Mayor as Chief. Pioneer Village has approximately 10 officers who assist and receive assistance from Hillview working close together with neighboring agencies. Pioneer Village is also contracted by the City of Fox Chase for Police Protection.

Lebanon Junction Police Department Located in the southern most tip of Bullitt County, Lebanon Junction is the entry point to Bullitt County on I-65, has major rail lines traveling through it, and is bordered by the legendary Fort Knox to its west. LJPD is compromised of approximately 6 officers.

Fire protection

Fire protection is provided by both Kentucky Chapter 75 and 95 Districts and Departments. Zoneton Fire Protection District, Mount Washington Fire Protection District, and the Shepherdsville Division of Fire are currently staffed with a 24-hour professional firefighting staff.

Nichols, Southeast Bullitt, and Lebanon Junction are all volunteer-based.

Zoneton Fire Protection District is 59 square miles (153 km²) with coverage from two stations. A $1 million expansion to Station 1 was completed in October 2006 providing more offices, apparatus storage, dormitories, and training facility. Zoneton also has live-ins at both stations to provide faster response times. Zoneton is an ISO Class 4 fire department.

Shepherdsville Division of Fire provides their residents with four man crew on staff 24 hours a day. The crew consists of a Captain, Sergeant, and two Firefighters. Shepherdsville Fire also has four live-in firefighters who live at Station 1 for a faster response time for a second apparatus. Shepherdsville Fire opened a new firehouse in November 2006, located in the Shepherdsville Government Center in addition to the existing Station 2 on Frank E. Simon Blvd. Shepherdsville also has 30-35 volunteer firefighters to augment the paid personnel. In September 2008 the City of Shepherdsville received a SAFER grant from the federal government. Six fulltime firefighters were hired as a result of this grant.

Mount Washington Fire Protection District The Mount Washington Fire Protection District gains operating funds as a taxing district which was established in 1970. They service a 43 square mile area in the north eastern corner of Bullitt county, Kentucky and average approximately 350 calls a year. The district has three stations , and an administrative building and are currently staffed by 45 volunteers, 12 full-time career firefighters, and other personnel who fill various support and administrative duties

  • Southeast Bullitt Fire Department
  • Shepherdsville Fire Department
  • Lebanon Junction Fire Department

Emergency Medical Services

The Bullitt County Emergency Medical Service (BCEMS) provides all emergency medical care and transport in Bullitt County including services from Jewish Medical Center South to other hospitals in the area. BCEMS is a division of Bullitt County Fiscal Court and authorized and funded by the County through taxes. Mike Phillips is the current Director of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management.

Emergency Management Agency

The Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) is a KRS Chapter 39 local emergency management agency which provides an Emergency Operations Plan for emergencies and disasters. Mike Phillips is current director with Lt. Col Les Bandy running day to day operations.

Central Dispatch

Bullitt County Central Dispatch is now an arm of the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency under the direction of Mike Phillips. The provide all E-911 services to the county residents for Police, Fire, and EMS calls for services.

Attractions

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°58′N 85°42′W / 37.97°N 85.70°W / 37.97; -85.70


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Bullitt County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Bullitt County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1797
Seat Shepherdsville
Largest City Mount Washington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.37%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

72851
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.bullittcounty.org
Named for: Alexander Scott Bullitt, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1800–1804).

Bullitt County is a county located in the U.S. state, Kentucky6, just south of the city of Louisville. It was formed in 1797. The county is named after Alexander Scott Bullitt, one of the architects of Kentucky government. As of the 2006 census estimate, Bullitt County had 72,851 residents, an increase of nearly 4,000 from the previous year.

Contents

History

Bullitt County Courthouse in Shepherdsville

Bullitt County was created on January 1, 1797. It was formed out of parts of Jefferson and Nelson County. In 1811, the current northwestern area of the county was formed from land given by Jefferson County, and when Spencer County was created in 1824, land from the eastern boundary was given to them.[1]

In the late 1700s to the mid 1800s, Bullitt County was the site of thriving Salt and Iron works industries.

Natural disasters

See also: Ohio River flood of 1937

The Great Flood of the Ohio River Valley in 1937 left a profound impact throughout the region, and Bullitt County was no different. Much of the county was covered, including the cities of Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction. Most local attention was diverted to Louisville, but at least a few of the nearby news sources reported on the event in Bullitt County. One such notable source was the Jeffersonia, a local newspaper of Jeffersontown, which reported the inundation of Shepherdsville and the general state of panic in the town. [2]

A recent tornado outbreak happen in mid-October 2007 from Florida to Michigan, from Oklahoma to Ohio. One tornado hit Bullitt County twice getting to strength of an EF1.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 km² (300 sq mi). 775 km² (299 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.37%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Graph of Bullitt County population by decade

As of the census² of 2000, there were 61,236 people, 22,171 households, and 17,736 families residing in the county. The population density was 79/km² (205/sq mi). There were 23,160 housing units at an average density of 30/km² (77/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.07% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,171 households out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.00% were non-families. 16.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 32.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,106, and the median income for a family was $49,481. Males had a median income of $35,851 versus $24,098 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,339. About 6.20% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns and census-designated places

Fire protection

Fire protection is provided by both Kentucky Chapter 75 and 95 Districts and Departments. Zoneton Fire Protection District and Mount Washington Fire Protection District are currently staffed with a 24-hour professional firefighting staff.

The Shepherdsville Division of Fire provides their residents with four man crew on staff 24 hours a day starting on September 23rd, 2007. The crew consists of a career Captain and career Sergeant and 2 firefighters. Shepherdsville Fire also has four live-in firefighters who live at Station 1 for a faster response time for a second apparatus. Shepherdsville Fire recently opened a new firehouse located in the Shepherdsville Government Center in addition to the existing Station 2 on Frank E. Simon Blvd. Shepherdsville also has 35-40 volunteer firefighters to augment the paid personnel.

Nichols, Southeast Bullitt, and Lebanon Junction are all volunteer-based.

Zoneton Fire Protection District is 59 square miles (153 km²) with coverage from two stations. A $1 million expansion to Station 1 was completed in October 2006 providing more offices, apparatus storage, dormitories, and training facility. Zoneton also has live-ins at both stations to provide faster response times.

Attractions

References

  1. ^ http://bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/bccreation.html The Creation of Bullitt County
  2. ^ http://bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/flood1937.html

See also

External links

Coordinates: 37°58′N 85°42′W / 37.97, -85.70

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