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The word "Kentucky" is derived from the Native American word "ken-tah-ten," which means "land of tomorrow."
Located in the westernmost part of Kentucky, Logan County has a rich and diverse history that spans over two centuries. The county was established in 1792 and named after Benjamin Logan, a prominent pioneer and Revolutionary War soldier. Like many areas in Kentucky, Logan County was primarily settled by European colonists who were attracted to the region's fertile land and abundant natural resources.

During the 19th century, Logan County experienced rapid growth and development. The county became a major center for agriculture, with tobacco being one of the main cash crops. The construction of railroads in the late 1800s further boosted the county's economy by facilitating transportation and trade. This period also saw the establishment of schools, churches, and other community institutions.

Logan County played a significant role in the Civil War. While Kentucky officially declared neutrality during the conflict, both Union and Confederate sympathizers were present in the county. The county experienced several skirmishes and raids, and many of its residents joined the fight on both sides. The Battle of Russellville in 1861, in which Confederate forces captured a Union garrison, was one of the key events during the war in Logan County.

In the 20th century, Logan County continued to evolve and adapt to changing times. The decline of tobacco farming led to a shift towards diversified agriculture, including livestock production and crop farming. The county also grew as a center of commerce and industry, with the development of manufacturing and service sectors. Today, Logan County continues to be an important agricultural and rural community, preserving its historical roots while embracing modern advancements.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Logan County, Kentucky.

  • 1792 - Logan County is established in the state of Kentucky.
  • Early 1800s - The county experiences growth as settlers move into the area.
  • 1818 - The town of Russellville is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • Late 1800s - The railroad reaches Logan County, bringing new opportunities for trade and transportation.
  • 1861-1865 - Logan County residents participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1907 - The Lincoln National Bank, the first bank in Logan County, is established.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression brings economic challenges to the county.
  • 1941-1945 - Logan County contributes to World War II efforts.
  • 1950s-1960s - The county experiences increased industrialization and modernization.
  • 2000s - Logan County continues to thrive as an agricultural and industrial center.