Place:Letcher, Kentucky, United States

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Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2010, the population was 24,519, a decrease of 3.0% from the 2000 census. Its county seat is Whitesburg, population 1,600. The county, founded in 1842, is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky from 1840-1844.

It is a dry county, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery, the city of Whitesburg, and the city of Jenkins.

The killing of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a local landowner in 1967 brought Letcher County to national attention.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1842 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1842 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1842 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census 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
1866 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1866 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 2,512
1860 3,904
1870 4,608
1880 6,601
1890 6,920
1900 9,172
1910 10,623
1920 24,467
1930 35,702
1940 40,592
1950 39,522
1960 30,102
1970 23,165
1980 30,687
1990 27,000

Research Tips

External links

www.rootsweb.com/~kyletch/


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