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Letcher County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Letcher County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Whitesburg
Largest city Jenkins
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

339 sq mi (878 km²)
339 sq mi (878 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25,277
75/sq mi (29/km²)
Founded 1842
Named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky (1840–1844).
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Letcher county courthouse.jpg
Letcher County courthouse in Whitesburg, Kentucky
Website www.letchercounty.ky.gov

Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 25,277. Its county seat is Whitesburg[1]. The county is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky from 1840-44.

It is a dry county that prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery[2] and the city of Whitesburg, which voted on April 17, 2007, to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants which seat at least one hundred people and obtain 70 percent of their revenue from food sales. In the city's first local-option election in more than sixty years, voters approved the measure by more than a 2-to-1 margin.[3]

The killing of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a local landowner in 1967 brought Letcher County to national attention.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 339 square miles (878 km2), essentially all of which is land. Letcher County's natural areas include Bad Branch Falls and the Lilley Cornett Woods.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Pioneer Horse Trail controversy

In an effort to bring tourists to Letcher County and to revitalize the local economy, the Pioneer Horse Trail is currently under construction on Pine Mountain.[4] The trail, part of an "adventure tourism" initiative spearheaded by Governor Steve Beshear, Beshear's wife Jane, and Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo, is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2009.[4]

However, controversy has arisen about whether or not the environment would be harmed during construction. In the summer of 2008, the Letcher County Fiscal Court had signed an agreement with state officials stating that the county would do an environmental impact study before construction would begin.[4] Documents obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader under Kentucky's Open Records Act showed that construction actually began before the study was to take place. County-owned bulldozers started clearing trees in part of a wildlife management area in which heavy equipment was not permitted.[4] Environmental groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if any species on the threatened or endangered list were harmed.[4] Because of the environmental impact studies, construction has been halted for the time being.[5]

Education

Two public school districts operate in the county.

Letcher County Public Schools

Most K-12 students in the county, with the exception of those living in the far eastern part of the county surrounding Jenkins, are served by the Letcher County Public Schools. The district operates nine elementary/middle schools, one vocational school, one high school, and an alternative education center.

In 2005, the doors to the new Letcher County Central High School were opened in Ermine (the school's postal address, however, is in Whitesburg). With total costs well over two million dollars, it is one of the most technologically advanced high schools in the area. One of the most impressive features of the school include a football stadium with an artificial SprinTurf playing surface and large instant replay Jumbotron. The school's nickname is the Cougars, and the school colors are blue, black, and silver.

Jenkins Independent Schools

Students in the Jenkins area are served by the Jenkins Independent Schools, which operates two elementary schools (located on two campuses in the communities of McRoberts and Burdine[6]) and a combined middle and high school. Jenkins Independent Schools will be entering its 100th year in 2012. The middle/high school's athletic nickname is the Cavaliers/Lady Cavaliers. The school colors are Kelly Green and White.

Media

Radio

WTCW

WXKQ-FM

WMMT (FM), public radio station owned by Appalshop

WIFX-FM

WKVG

WGCK (AM)

Newspapers

The Mountain Eagle

Letcher County Community News-Press

Events

  • Whitesburg's July 4th Celebration, is a free event held on the Fourth of July at Parkway Plaza shopping center. The event includes free music, entertainment, fireworks and fun.
  • In Whitesburg: Riverside Days, a three-day annual festival held at Riverside Park.
  • Whitesburg Labor Day Celebration, a one-day festival held in Riverside Park on Labor Day Monday. It features food, as well as free music, entertainment and inflatables for the kids.
  • The Mountain Heritage Festival is held during the last full week of September.
  • In Jenkins, Jenkins Homecoming Days are also celebrated annually in August.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 2,512
1860 3,904 55.4%
1870 4,608 18.0%
1880 6,601 43.3%
1890 6,920 4.8%
1900 9,172 32.5%
1910 10,623 15.8%
1920 24,467 130.3%
1930 35,702 45.9%
1940 40,592 13.7%
1950 39,522 −2.6%
1960 30,102 −23.8%
1970 23,165 −23.0%
1980 30,687 32.5%
1990 27,000 −12.0%
2000 25,277 −6.4%
Est. 2008 23,890 −5.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21133.txt

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 25,277 people, 10,085 households, and 7,462 families residing in the county. The population density was 75 per square mile (29 /km2). There were 11,405 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.71% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,085 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,110, and the median income for a family was $24,869. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $17,902 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,984. About 23.70% of families and 27.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.90% of those under age 18 and 21.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Notable residents

  • Harry M. Caudill (author, historian, professor, lawyer, legislator, and environmentalist, 1922-1990)
  • Emery L. Frazier (Mayor, state representative, Chief Clerk of the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, 1896-1973)
  • Gary Stewart (Country music singer and musician, 1944-2003)
  • Martha Carson (Country/gospel music singer, 1920-2004)
  • Marion Sumner ("The Fiddle King of the South," country, Western swing, bluegrass musician, 1920-1997)
  • Lee Sexton (Country, bluegrass, old-time musician)
  • Cecil Williams (Louisiana journalist, 1922-2008, born in Letcher County)
  • Tom Gish, died 2008, publisher of the Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, grew up in the county
  • Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose CIA U-2 spy plane was shot down while over the Soviet Union, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.

See also

  • Caudill, Harry M., Author of Night Comes to the Cumberlands (1963). ISBN 0-316-13212-8

Notes and references

External links

Coordinates: 37°07′N 82°51′W / 37.12°N 82.85°W / 37.12; -82.85


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Letcher County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Letcher County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1842
Seat Whitesburg
Largest City Jenkins
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.02%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25277
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.letchercountykentucky.net
Named for: Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky (1840–1844).

Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 25,277. Its county seat is Whitesburg6. The county is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky 1840-44.

It is a dry county that prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery[1] and the city of Whitesburg, which voted on April 17, 2007 to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants which seat 100 people or more and get 70% of their revenue from food sales. In the city's first local-option election in over 60 years, voters approved the measure by more than a 2-to-1 margin.[2]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 878 km² (339 sq mi). 878 km² (339 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.02%) is water. Letcher County's natural areas include Bad Branch Falls and the Lilley Cornett Woods.

Adjacent counties

Letcher County Central High School

In 2006, the doors to a brand new consolidated high school were opened in Ermine, Kentucky. With total costs well over two million dollars, it is one of the most technologically advanced high schools in the area. One of the most impressive, and controversial, features of the school include a football stadium with an artificial Sprinturf playing surface and large instant replay "jumbo-tron". The school's mascot is the Cougars, and the school colors are blue, black, and silver.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 25,277 people, 10,085 households, and 7,462 families residing in the county. The population density was 29/km² (75/sq mi). There were 11,405 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.71% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,085 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,110, and the median income for a family was $24,869. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $17,902 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,984. About 23.70% of families and 27.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.90% of those under age 18 and 21.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Famous residents

  • Harry M. Caudill (author, historian, professor, lawyer, legislator, and environmentalist, 1922-1990)
  • Emery L. Frazier (Mayor, state representative, Chief Clerk of the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, 1896-1973)
  • Gary Stewart (Country music singer and musician, 1945-2003)
  • Martha Carson (Country/gospel music singer, 1920-2004)
  • Marion Sumner ("The Fiddle King of the South," country, Western swing, bluegrass musician, 1920-1997)
  • Lee "Boy" Sexton (Country, bluegrass, old-time musician)

See also

  • Caudill, Harry M., Author of Night Comes to the Cumberlands (1963). ISBN 0-316-13212-8

Notes and references

  1. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.abc.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/88403470-8A7E-410C-9816-8B520F7649C8/0/WetDryList.pdf |title=Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky |publisher=Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control |date=2005-08-19 |accessdate=2007-03-17 |format=PDF
  2. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/7074287.html |first=Heather |last=Haley |title=Whitesburg Goes "Wet" |publisher=WKYT-TV

External links

Coordinates: 37°07′N 82°51′W / 37.12, -82.85

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