Once named Walker's Station for Lewis B. Walker's store, when a post office was established in 1859, it was named Glendale for the new train station, which in turn was possibly named for the hometown of a railroad employee.
Glendale is host to the annual Glendale Crossing Festival on the third Saturday of October. The festival is well known for the wide variety of antiques and crafts for sale.
The Whistle Stop is the most famous restaurant in Glendale and is situated along the rail road. The Whistle Stop was created from expanding a lunch business within the existing hardware store in Glendale. The owners, James and Idell Sego, opened the restaurant in 1975. In 2005, this restaurant obtained new owners.
Glendale has a special zoning regulation that keeps out businesses such as fast food restaurant chains from its core downtown business area.
Glendale is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) from one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park.
In April 2009, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that a consortium of least 50 corporations — collectively known as the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries, or NAATBatt — identified a 1,551-acre (6.28 km2) state-owned industrial site, for a project to bring a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant for hybrid and electric cars, its headquarters and engineering facilities to Glendale. The project was expected to take 18 months, and potentially employing 1,500-2,000 people.
Federal stimulus funds from the Department of Energy were a prerequisite for this project going forward. Alternate plans and financing are being considered.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Glendale has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- "Battery consortium plans $600 million Hardin County plant -- April 13, 2009". April 13, 2009.
- "2000 Jobs -- April 14, 2009".
- Climate Summary for Glendale, Kentucky
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