Russellville, Kentucky: Wikis


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—  City  —
Logan County courthouse in Russellville, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°50′33″N 86°53′34″W / 36.8425°N 86.89278°W / 36.8425; -86.89278
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Logan
Settled Cook's Station, 1790
Incorporated Russellville, 1801
 - Mayor Gene Zick
 - Total 10.6 sq mi (27.6 km2)
 - Land 10.6 sq mi (27.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 594 ft (181 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,149
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 42276
Area code(s) 270
FIPS code 21-67512
GNIS feature ID 0502534

Russellville is a city in and the county seat of Logan County, Kentucky, United States.[1] The population was 7,149 at the 2000 census. It is named for General William Russell,[2] a Revolutionary War soldier and frontier leader.



The bank robbed by the James' gang in Russellville in 1868, now used as a residence

Between the first settlers about 1790 and the town's incorporation in 1798, Russellville was called Cook's Station, Logan Court House, Rogues’ Harbour, and Big Boiling Spring. Settlers chose the name Russellville to honor general William Russell of the American Revolutionary War. It is the county seat of Logan County, one of Kentucky's original counties. Several homes in the downtown area are on the historic register.

During the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers met in the city in the Russellville Convention, to create a Confederate government in Kentucky. The state did not officially secede, but this group tried to run an alternate government and was recognized by the Confederacy.

Jesse James and his outlaw gang robbed the Southern Deposit Bank in Russellville on March 20, 1868. A bank on Russellville's city square has a large mural in the lobby depicting the robbery. The town arranges a reenactment of the robbery (a play on horseback) during the Tobacco and Heritage Festival.


Russellville is located at 36°50′33″N 86°53′34″W / 36.8425°N 86.89278°W / 36.8425; -86.89278 (36.842601, -86.892661)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,149 people, 3,064 households, and 1,973 families residing in the city. The population density was 672.1 people per square mile (259.4/km²). There were 3,458 housing units at an average density of 325.1/sq mi (125.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.64% White, 18.62% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 3,064 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.

The age distribution was 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,647, and the median income for a family was $31,448. Males had a median income of $27,529 versus $20,032 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,654. About 17.1% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.0% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents

See also


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Places: Russellville". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0403099811.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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Simple English

Russellville is a city of Kentucky in the United States. It was names for General William Russell. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States.


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