Bracken County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bracken County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1797
Named for William Bracken, trapper and frontiersman.
Seat Brooksville
Largest city Augusta
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

209 sq mi (541 km²)
203 sq mi (526 km²)
6 sq mi (15 km²), 2.71%
 - (2000)
 - Density

41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Bracken County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1797. As of 2000, the population is 8,279. Its county seat is Brooksville6.

History Edit

Bracken county kentucky courthouse

Bracken County Courthouse

Bracken County was organized as Kentucky's 23rd county in 1796 from parts of Mason and Campbell counties. It is named in honor of William Bracken, an early pioneer and surveyor, who first came to the area in 1773, then settled here. He met his death at an early day at the hands of the Indians. The original county was composed of all the way to southern Nicholas County, north to the Ohio River, west to the Licking River and east to Dover, Kentucky. [1]

Several early settlers were veterans of the American Revolutionary War among them was Capt. Abner Howell, he and his family came from Pennsylvania. He died in Braken County in 1797.

The county government moved from Augusta to Woodward's Crossing (now Brooksville) in 1833.

Bracken was the birthplace on Sept. 9, 1816 of John Gregg Fee, founder of Berea College and Kentucky'`s most noted abolitionist. He was a graduate of Augusta College and Lane Theological Seminary. In 1822 it was also the site of Augusta College first Methodist College in the world.

Bracken County played a major role in the movement known as the Underground Railroad. There are several Underground Railroad Sites in the Augusta area. A network of citizens sympathetic to escaping slaves helped them cross the Ohio River to nearby Ripley and other points north.[2]

Bracken County's economy was largely agricultural; its chief crops before the American Civil War were tobacco and corn. White burley tobacco, a light, adaptable leaf that revolutionized the industry, was first produced in 1867 from Bracken County seed.[3]

Agriculture remains vital to the economy, with farms occupying 83.8 percent of the land area in 1982. Commodities include wheat, hay, and milk. Burley tobacco production in 1988 amounted to 5,406,000 pounds. Agricultural receipts in 1986 totaled $19,158,000.[4]

Historic Schools Edit

In Augusta

In Brooksville

of funds)

In Germantown

In Milford

In Western Hills

Law and Government Edit

Judge Executives

  1. Gary Riggs (2007-Present)
  2. Leslie Newman (1995-2007)
  3. Dwayne "Pie" Jett (1987-1995)

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 km² (209 sq mi). 526 km² (203 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (2.71%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,606
1810 3,706 42.2%
1820 5,280 42.5%
1830 6,518 23.4%
1840 7,053 8.2%
1850 8,903 26.2%
1860 11,021 23.8%
1870 11,409 3.5%
1880 13,509 18.4%
1890 12,369 −8.4%
1900 12,137 −1.9%
1910 10,308 −15.1%
1920 10,210 −1.0%
1930 9,616 −5.8%
1940 9,389 −2.4%
1950 8,424 −10.3%
1960 7,422 −11.9%
1970 7,227 −2.6%
1980 7,738 7.1%
1990 7,766 0.4%
2000 8,279 6.6%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,279 people, 3,228 households, and 2,346 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/sq mi). There were 3,715 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.48% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,228 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.50% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,823, and the median income for a family was $40,469. Males had a median income of $31,503 versus $21,139 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,478. About 7.60% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Education Edit

External links Edit

Coordinates: 38°41′N 84°05′W / 38.69, -84.08

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