The largest non-nuclear explosion in US history occurred in 1958 in Fleming County, Kentucky, when a natural gas storage cavern exploded, killing several people and destroying nearby homes.
Gallatin County, Kentucky, has a rich and storied history dating back to its establishment in 1798. Named after Albert Gallatin, who served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury, the county was formed from the larger counties of Shelby and Franklin. Located on the Ohio River, Gallatin County quickly became an important trade and transportation hub.

The county's early settlers were primarily farmers and traders, taking advantage of the fertile soil and access to the river. The construction of the Kentucky Turnpike in the early 19th century further enhanced Gallatin County's economic growth. The county seat, Warsaw, was founded in 1838 and became a center for commerce and government.

During the Civil War, Gallatin County saw its fair share of conflict. The Battle of Warsaw in 1862 marked a significant clash between Union and Confederate forces, with the town suffering devastation as a result. After the war, Gallatin County gradually rebuilt and focused on rebuilding its agricultural and economic sectors.

In the 20th century, Gallatin County experienced a shift towards industrialization. The construction of the Markland Locks and Dam on the Ohio River brought with it new opportunities for trade and commerce. The county became home to several manufacturing plants, creating employment opportunities for its residents.

Today, Gallatin County retains its agricultural roots while embracing new economic opportunities. It offers a blend of rural charm and modern amenities, attracting residents and visitors alike. With its historical landmarks, natural beauty, and thriving community, Gallatin County continues to shape its unique identity while preserving its rich history.

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

  • 1798: Gallatin County is founded and established.
  • 1799: First courthouse and jail are built in Warsaw, the county seat.
  • 1812: The Shawnee Indian Reserve is established in the county.
  • 1829: Warsaw is incorporated as a city.
  • 1840s: Gallatin County becomes a major producer of tobacco.
  • 1861-1865: Gallatin County residents fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1874: Construction of the Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 1 is completed, providing access to the Ohio River.
  • 1888: The Kentucky State Guard is established in the county.
  • 1937: Portions of Gallatin County are flooded due to the Ohio River flood.
  • 1964: The Markland Dam and Locks are completed, further controlling flooding in the area.