Place:Bourbon, Kentucky, United States

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Bourbon County Today

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Bourbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the remnant of what was previously a much larger Bourbon County, established as part of Virginia in 1785, and comprising what are now thirty-four 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 to the newly formed Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.

The population of Bourbon County was recorded as 19,985 in the 2010 United States Census. Its county seat is Paris, Kentucky. It is best known for its historical association with bourbon whiskey, although no bourbon whiskey is currently made within Bourbon County.

Bourbon County is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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Bourbon County was established in 1785 from land given by Fayette County, Virginia, and named after the French House of Bourbon, 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.

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.[1] 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. 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.[1] 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.[1] Thirty-four modern Kentucky counties were once part of the original Bourbon County, including the current county of that name.[2]

Timeline

Date Event Source
1780 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Bourbon County formed from Fayette County in the "Kentucky District" of Virginia Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1820 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1852 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 7,837
1800 12,825
1810 18,009
1820 17,664
1830 18,436
1840 14,478
1850 14,466
1860 14,860
1870 14,863
1880 15,956
1890 16,976
1900 18,069
1910 17,462
1920 18,418
1930 18,060
1940 17,932
1950 17,752
1960 18,178
1970 18,476
1980 19,405
1990 19,236

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References

source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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