Bourbon County, Kentucky
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Bourbon County, Kentucky
Bourbon county, kentucky courthouse.jpg
Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bourbon County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1785
Named for House of Bourbon
Seat Paris
Largest city Paris
Area
 o Total 292 sq mi (756 km2)
 o Land 290 sq mi (751 km2)
 o Water 1.9 sq mi (5 km2), 0.6%
Population
 o (2010) 19,985
 o Density 69/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.bourbonky.com

Bourbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,985.[1] Its county seat is Paris.[2]

Bourbon County is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area and is the remnant of what was previously a much larger Bourbon County, established as part of Virginia in 1785,[3] and comprising what are now 34 modern Kentucky counties. The area later became known as Old Bourbon in reference to its historical expanse. It was originally part of the French province of Louisiana, then after 1763 became part of Virginia, but was transferred to the newly formed Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.

The county is best known for its historical association with bourbon whiskey.

History

Bourbon County was established in 1785 from land given by Fayette County, Virginia,[4] and named after the French House of Bourbon,[5] in gratitude for Louis XVI of France's assistance during the American Revolutionary War. Bourbon became part of the new state of Kentucky when it was created in 1792.

The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1872 and 1901, resulting in the loss of county records.[6]

Old Bourbon

In 1780, Kentucky County, Virginia, was divided into three counties of Virginia: Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln, called the District of Kentucky. Formed in 1786 from Fayette County, Bourbon County, Virginia, originally comprised 34 northeastern counties of Kentucky's 120 current ones, including the current Bourbon County.[7][8][9] The area later became known as Old Bourbon in reference to its historical expanse.

Birthplace of Bourbon whiskey

Whiskey was an early product of the area, and whiskey barrels from the area were marked Old Bourbon when they were shipped downriver from the local port on the Ohio River.[9][10] As it was made mostly from corn (maize), it had a distinctive flavor, and the name bourbon came to be used to distinguish it from other regional whiskey styles, such as Monongahela, a product of western Pennsylvania, which may have generally been a rye whiskey. The use of the term Old in the phrase Old Bourbon, was likely misconstrued as a reference to the aging of the whiskey rather than part of the name of the geographic area.[9] The port, originally known as Limestone, now Maysville, was in Bourbon County until the borders were redrawn in 1789 when it became part of the Mason County of Virginia, and it is now in Mason County, Kentucky.[9] Thirty-four modern Kentucky counties were once part of the original Bourbon County, including the current county of that name.[8]

Except for a few distilleries that were authorized to produce it for medicinal purposes, the bourbon industry was wiped out in 1919 when Prohibition took effect. Kentucky adopted prohibition a year earlier than the national prohibition.[] Within the boundaries of Bourbon County as it stands today there were, by some counts, 26 distilleries. All of these were shut down in 1919, and no distilleries resumed operation there until late 2014 - a period of 95 years.[11] At present, alcohol production and sales in Kentucky are regulated by a patchwork of laws which the Kentucky Supreme Court called a "maze of obscure statutory language".[12]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 292 square miles (760 km2), of which 290 square miles (750 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.6%) is water.[13]

There are no sizable lakes in the county, although there are several streams. Primary among these is Stoner Creek, on which the county seat is situated. This large stream is a principal tributary of the South Fork of the Licking River.

The county's topography is predominantly gently rolling hills. Due to agricultural development, very little of the county's land area can be characterized as forested, though deciduous trees are a common feature of the landscape.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the United States Census[19] of 2000, there were 19,360 people, 7,681 households, and 5,445 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 per square mile (25/km2). There were 8,349 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.38% White, 6.94% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 2.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,681 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,038, and the median income for a family was $42,294. Males had a median income of $30,989 versus $23,467 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,335. About 12.30% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.3% 5,569 31.7% 2,791 5.0% 443
2012 59.2% 4,692 38.8% 3,075 2.0% 156
2008 57.9% 4,820 40.6% 3,385 1.5% 125
2004 60.3% 4,953 38.9% 3,198 0.8% 66
2000 54.7% 3,881 42.9% 3,048 2.4% 173
1996 41.4% 2,592 48.4% 3,030 10.2% 636
1992 39.1% 2,707 41.8% 2,895 19.0% 1,318
1988 53.6% 3,308 45.2% 2,793 1.2% 74
1984 58.5% 3,836 40.4% 2,649 1.0% 68
1980 39.0% 2,475 57.4% 3,641 3.6% 230
1976 38.3% 2,260 59.4% 3,504 2.4% 140
1972 62.0% 3,180 36.3% 1,860 1.7% 87
1968 33.9% 1,848 47.0% 2,566 19.2% 1,046
1964 23.0% 4,068 76.5% 1,222 0.5% 26
1960 43.0% 2,379 57.0% 3,156 0.0% 0
1956 42.8% 2,475 56.4% 3,263 0.9% 52
1952 40.0% 2,229 60.0% 3,339 0.0% 2
1948 29.6% 1,610 65.6% 3,562 4.8% 260
1944 33.7% 1,957 66.0% 3,828 0.3% 18
1940 38.6% 2,673 61.4% 4,254 0.1% 4
1936 38.8% 2,471 60.8% 3,872 0.3% 21
1932 37.1% 2,820 62.6% 4,759 0.3% 25
1928 58.3% 4,512 41.6% 3,218 0.1% 4
1924 47.1% 3,691 51.4% 4,034 1.5% 118
1920 42.3% 4,029 57.2% 5,452 0.5% 43
1916 44.0% 2,167 55.2% 2,715 0.8% 38
1912 38.3% 1,744 51.9% 2,362 9.8% 445

For most of the 20th century Bourbon county was a fairly reliable Democratic county. However, since the dawn of the 21st century it has now become a solidly Republican county.

Communities

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Bourbon County". Kyenc.org. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26. 
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34. 
  6. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 197. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ City of Cynthiana, "Early History of Kentucky County Virginia" Archived January 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, John T. Edge, volume editor, Volume 7: Foodways, p. 128.
  9. ^ a b c d Cowdery, Charles K., "How Bourbon Whiskey Really Got Its Famous Name," The Bourbon Country Reader, Volume 3, Number 1, July 1996.
  10. ^ Cowdery, Charles K., Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey, p. 25
  11. ^ "Hartfield & Co. web site". Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ Brammer, Jack (August 10, 2012). "Want to buy or sell an alcoholic drink in Kentucky? That'll depend on where you are". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 38°12?N 84°13?W / 38.20°N 84.21°W / 38.20; -84.21


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