The first successful gold rush in the United States occurred in 1806 in Kentucky. The gold was found in the sand and gravel of the Ohio River and its tributaries.
Trigg County, Kentucky has a rich and diverse history that stretches back centuries. The first known inhabitants of the area were Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Chickasaw, who relied on the abundant resources provided by the Cumberland River and its surrounding forests. European settlers began exploring the region in the late 18th century, and it was officially established as Trigg County in 1820.

The county was named after Stephen Trigg, a Kentucky militia colonel who was killed in the Battle of Blue Licks during the Revolutionary War. Trigg County quickly became an agricultural hub, with tobacco and corn being major crops for many early settlers. River transportation played a significant role in the county's growth, and steamboats became a common sight along the Cumberland River.

During the Civil War, Trigg County was divided, with many residents supporting the Union while others were sympathetic to the Confederacy. The county saw several skirmishes and raids, and it became a crucial area for both armies due to its strategic location along the river. After the war, Trigg County experienced a slow but steady recovery, focusing on agriculture, timber, and coal mining.

In the 20th century, Trigg County saw advancements in transportation and infrastructure, including the construction of roads and bridges. The county experienced economic growth, with an emphasis on tourism due to its proximity to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Today, Trigg County is a blend of agricultural and recreational activities, with small towns and rural areas contributing to its unique charm.

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

  • 1820 - Trigg County is formed from portions of Christian County and Caldwell County.
  • 1822 - The county seat is established in Cadiz.
  • 1825 - The construction of the first courthouse in Cadiz is completed.
  • 1861-1865 - Trigg County residents actively participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1916 - The construction of a new courthouse begins.
  • 1917 - The new courthouse in Cadiz is officially dedicated.
  • 1923 - Land between the rivers (LBL) is established, partly situated within Trigg County.
  • 1930 - The construction of the Lake Barkley Dam begins.
  • 1944 - Lake Barkley and the accompanying dam are completed.
  • 1966 - A tornado strikes Cadiz, causing significant damage in the city.
  • 1995 - Land between the lakes National Recreation Area is officially designated.