The word "Kentucky" is derived from the Native American word "ken-tah-ten," which means "land of tomorrow."
Daviess County, Kentucky has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The county was established in 1815, named after Major Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, a military officer who was killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe. The first European settlers arrived in the area in the late 18th century, drawn by the abundant fertile land and the opportunity to establish homesteads.

The county grew rapidly during the early years, with the construction of roads and the development of agriculture. In the mid-1800s, the construction of the Owensboro and Nashville Railroad brought further growth to the county, facilitating the transportation of goods and people. Owensboro, the county seat, became a thriving center for trade and commerce.

Daviess County played a significant role in the Civil War, as it was located on the border between the Union and the Confederacy. The county was primarily pro-Union, but there were sympathizers for the Confederacy as well. A number of skirmishes took place in the area, with bands of guerilla fighters causing disruptions throughout the war.

In the 20th century, Daviess County continued to develop economically and became known for its manufacturing industry, particularly in the production of tobacco products. Owensboro became a hub for tobacco processing plants and cigarette manufacturing. The county also experienced growth in other sectors, such as education and healthcare, with the establishment of the Owensboro Medical Health System and the opening of Owensboro Community and Technical College.

Today, Daviess County remains a vibrant and diverse community with a thriving economy. It continues to be known for its agricultural industry, as well as its contributions to the manufacturing, healthcare, and education sectors. The county's rich history is evident in its historical landmarks, museums, and annual events that celebrate its heritage.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Daviess County, Kentucky.

  • 1799: Daviess County, Kentucky is established.
  • 1815: The first courthouse is built in the county seat of Owensboro.
  • 1825: The Owensboro and Nashville Railroad is authorized, opening up transportation opportunities in the area.
  • 1837: The county's first bank, Daviess County Bank, is established in Owensboro.
  • 1861-1865: Daviess County residents participate in the American Civil War, with many joining the Union Army.
  • 1873: The Owensboro City School District is created.
  • 1889: Owensboro becomes the county seat of Daviess County.
  • 1920: The first commercial airfield, Owensboro Municipal Airport, opens in Daviess County.
  • 1937: The Ohio River flood destroys much of Owensboro, leading to extensive reconstruction efforts.
  • 1954: The Glover H. Cary Bridge, connecting Owensboro and Spencer County, Indiana, is completed.
  • 1969: The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is established in Owensboro.
  • 1981: Owensboro hosts the International Bar-B-Q Festival for the first time.
  • 2012: The Owensboro Convention Center opens, providing a venue for events and conferences.