Place:Mercer, Kentucky, United States

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Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 20,817. Its county seat is Harrodsburg. The county was formed from Lincoln County in 1785 and is named for Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, who was killed at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. It is a prohibition or dry county, though Harrodsburg and Pleasant Hill allow the sale of alcohol by the drink. In Kentucky, and perhaps elsewhere, this is referred to as being a "moist" county - wet sells package liquor, wine and beer, dry sells no alcoholic beverages (legally), "moist" serves by the drink, primarily in restaurants. Boyle County (Danville) immediately to the south along US Hwy 127, is fully wet, and has two large liquor outlet stores, plus several smaller privately owned ones.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1774 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1779 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1779 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Court 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
1850 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 7,091
1800 9,646
1810 12,630
1820 15,587
1830 17,694
1840 18,720
1850 14,067
1860 13,701
1870 13,144
1880 14,142
1890 15,034
1900 14,426
1910 14,063
1920 14,795
1930 14,471
1940 14,629
1950 14,643
1960 14,596
1970 15,960
1980 19,011
1990 19,148

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External links

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