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.
Knott County, located in eastern Kentucky, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Shawnee, who relied on the abundant natural resources of the region for their sustenance. European settlers began arriving in the 18th century, attracted by the fertile land and opportunities for farming and trade.

In the early 19th century, the discovery of vast coal reserves in Knott County transformed the region. The coal mining industry rapidly grew, attracting a large influx of workers and immigrants from various backgrounds. The mining boom brought economic prosperity to the area, but also led to exploitation and poor working conditions for many laborers. As a result, labor unions and worker strikes became common in Knott County during this time.

Knott County has a strong cultural heritage, deeply rooted in its Appalachian roots. Traditional music, storytelling, and crafts, such as quilting and basket-weaving, have been passed down through generations. The county is also known for its vibrant festivals and community events, including the annual Knott County Gingerbread Festival, which celebrates the region's crafts and arts.

In recent years, Knott County has faced economic challenges due to the decline of the coal mining industry. Efforts have been made to diversify the local economy through initiatives focused on tourism, education, and alternative energy sources. Additionally, community organizations and government agencies have worked together to provide support and resources for residents, ensuring the preservation of Knott County's unique heritage for future generations.

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

  • 1800: Knott County is established as part of the state of Kentucky.
  • 1839: The first post office is established in the county, named "Hindman" after Representative James Hindman.
  • 1861-1865: Knott County, like the rest of Kentucky, is caught in the midst of the American Civil War.
  • 1884: The town of Hindman is officially incorporated.
  • 1912: The Knott County School District is formed, providing education for local residents.
  • 1930s: The county experiences economic growth due to the establishment of coal mining operations.
  • 1963: Beetree Mountain Fire Tower is built in the county.
  • 1973: Carr Creek Lake is completed, providing recreational activities for residents and visitors.
  • 1990s: The county faces economic challenges as the coal industry declines.
  • 2010: Hindman is designated as the county seat of Knott County.