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Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State" because of the bluegrass that grows in many of its pastures.
Taylor County, Kentucky has a rich history dating back to its establishment on February 1, 1848. The county was named in honor of General Zachary Taylor, who later became the twelfth President of the United States. The area was originally settled by pioneers in the late 1700s, attracted by the fertile land and abundant water sources. These early settlers were primarily farmers and hunters, establishing a strong agrarian community.

During the Civil War, Taylor County played a significant role as it lay along the dividing line between the Union and Confederate territories. The Battle of Tebbs' Bend, fought on July 4, 1863, was a critical engagement in the region, where Union forces successfully repelled Confederate troops. This victory had lasting effects, helping to secure Kentucky's allegiance to the Union and safeguarding Taylor County from further Confederate incursions.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Taylor County experienced rapid growth and development. The arrival of the railroad in 1885 fueled economic progress, connecting the county to larger markets and bringing new opportunities for trade and commerce. The town of Campbellsville, the county seat, emerged as a bustling center of industry and education. Campbellsville University, founded in 1906, became a leading institution in the region, providing educational and cultural opportunities for the community.

In recent decades, Taylor County has continued to thrive and evolve. The establishment of Green River Lake in the 1960s created a recreational haven for outdoor enthusiasts, drawing visitors from across the state. The county has also seen economic growth through diverse industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. Today, Taylor County is a vibrant community with a strong sense of its agricultural heritage, a tribute to its pioneers, and a thriving economy supported by modern industries.

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

  • 1801 - Taylor County is established by the Kentucky legislature.
  • 1820s - Settlements begin to develop in the area, primarily by European American settlers.
  • 1837 - The county seat is established in Campbellsville, named after Andrew Campbell, one of the early settlers.
  • 1860s - Taylor County experiences significant growth during the Civil War, with both Union and Confederate sympathizers present.
  • 1870s - The county's economy is heavily reliant on agriculture, particularly tobacco farming.
  • 1904 - Campbellsville University is founded, becoming an important educational institution in the county.
  • 1920s - Taylor County undergoes a boom in the oil industry, leading to economic growth and increased population.
  • 1940s - The construction of Green River Lake begins, providing residents with a major recreational area.
  • 1960s - Campbellsville experiences significant growth and development, with the establishment of manufacturing facilities.
  • 1990s - Taylor County sees further diversification of its economy, with an increased focus on healthcare and education.
  • 2008 - The county is hit hard by a devastating tornado, causing significant damage to the area.