Morehead, Kentucky

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Morehead, Kentucky
City
Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead. (Formerly Rowan County Courthouse)
Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead. (Formerly Rowan County Courthouse)
Location of Morehead, Kentucky
Location of Morehead, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°11′1″N 83°26′28″W / 38.18361°N 83.44111°W / 38.18361; -83.44111Coordinates: 38°11′1″N 83°26′28″W / 38.18361°N 83.44111°W / 38.18361; -83.44111
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Rowan
Incorporated 1869[1]
Named for Gov. James Morehead
Area
 • Total 9.3 sq mi (24.0 km2)
 • Land 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,845
 • Density 640.8/sq mi (247.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40351
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-53418
GNIS feature ID 0514051
Website www.moreheadrowan.org

Morehead is a 4th-class city located along US 60 (the historic Midland Trail) and Interstate 64 in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] The population was 6,845 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.[3]

It was the focal point of the Rowan County War and is the home of Morehead State University.

History[edit]

Moonlight School founded in 1911 by Cora Stewart

In the 1880s, Morehead became the central stage for a notorious conflict known as the Rowan County War or the Martin–Tolliver–Logan Feud. During a number of skirmishes for the next few years, at least 20 people were killed and possibly 100 were wounded. Beginning with an election-day barroom brawl, several gunfights took place in Morehead and the surrounding countryside. Eventually, a group led by Craig Tolliver seized political control of the town and installed allies in the county sheriff's and county attorney's offices as well as at the office of the town marshal. Several members of the opposing faction were arrested on trumped-up charges, and some were killed when the faction in power falsely claimed they had resisted arrest. The conflict gained national attention and on two occasions the governor sent troops to maintain order with little effect. Eventually a posse of as many as 100 individuals was organized and armed by Daniel Boone Logan with the tacit consent of Gov. J. Proctor Knott and Governor-elect Simon Buckner. In a dramatic two-hour gun battle through the center of Morehead, several Tollivers (including Craig) were killed and the Tollivers' control of the county was broken. Two men were later held to trial for the murder of Craig Tolliver but were acquitted.[4][5]

Religion[edit]

As of 2000, Rowan County was the home of 25 Evangelical churches, four Mainline Protestant churches, one Catholic Church and one Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) congregation. This represents a net increase of five congregations. Six congregations (all Evangelical) were established between 1990 and 2000, while one (also an Evangelical congregation) closed.[6]

Rowan County is ranked 113th (of 120 counties in Kentucky) in overall rates of adherence, with only 249 out of every 1000 residents claimed as an adherent of a religious congregation. 129 of every 1000 residents was claimed by an Evangelical congregation (116th in rank), 50 by a Mainline congregation (91st in rank), 20 by the Catholic Church, and 37 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A small number of other residents belonged to religious groups not represented in one of these categories.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Morehead has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 km2), of which 9.2 square miles (24 km2) is land.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Morehead, Kentucky
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
81
(27)
89
(32)
93
(34)
95
(35)
104
(40)
105
(41)
106
(41)
103
(39)
96
(36)
85
(29)
79
(26)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 41
(5)
47
(8)
57
(14)
67
(19)
76
(24)
84
(29)
88
(31)
87
(31)
80
(27)
69
(21)
57
(14)
47
(8)
66.7
(19.3)
Average low °F (°C) 22
(−6)
24
(−4)
32
(0)
40
(4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
63
(17)
62
(17)
55
(13)
42
(6)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
42.6
(5.9)
Record low °F (°C) −28
(−33)
−19
(−28)
−9
(−23)
16
(−9)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
43
(6)
35
(2)
29
(−2)
13
(−11)
0
(−18)
−24
(−31)
−28
(−33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.40
(86.4)
3.27
(83.1)
4.07
(103.4)
3.91
(99.3)
4.86
(123.4)
4.55
(115.6)
5.60
(142.2)
3.78
(96)
3.23
(82)
3.16
(80.3)
3.47
(88.1)
4.03
(102.4)
47.33
(1,202.2)
Source: The Weather Channel.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 163
1890 401 146.0%
1900 1,100 174.3%
1910 1,105 0.5%
1920 981 −11.2%
1930 825 −15.9%
1940 1,901 130.4%
1950 3,102 63.2%
1960 4,170 34.4%
1970 7,191 72.4%
1980 7,789 8.3%
1990 8,357 7.3%
2000 5,914 −29.2%
2010 6,845 15.7%
Est. 2013 6,917 1.1%
U.S. Census Bureau[9]
2012 Estimate[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 5,914 people, 2,114 households, and 1,101 families residing in the city. The population density was 640.8 people per square mile (247.4/km²). There were 2,347 housing units at an average density of 254.3 per square mile (98.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.25% White, 2.57% African American, R0.15% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 2,114 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.9% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.5% under the age of 18, 34.6% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,014, and the median income for a family was $34,375. Males had a median income of $23,950 versus $19,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,415. About 16.7% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

  • The Morehead News[12] - Local newspaper
  • W227AX 93.3 - K-LOVE [13][14] Contemporary Christian radio (FM Translator), Triangle Mountain, Morehead, KY, 10 Watts (Effective Radiated Power).
  • WIVY 96.3 - TIMELESS FAVORITES. Local Soft Adult Contemporary format radio station known as "IVY."
  • WMKY 90.3 - Morehead State Public Radio[15] - Local NPR flag station. News, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Americana and Bluegrass. Personalities include: Carolyn Franzini, Michelle Wallace, Paul Hitchcock and Jesse Wells.
  • WMOR-FM 106.1
  • W10BM - Local television station, known for "Buy a Dog, Sell a Hog."

Sister cities[edit]

Morehead has city partnerships with the following cities or regions:

Through Sister Cities International, Morehead has one sister city:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Morehead, Kentucky". Accessed 26 Aug 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ United States Census. "[1]".
  4. ^ Kentucky Stuarts. "Feud In Rowan County"
  5. ^ McConkey, James. Rowan's Progress. Pantheon Books, 1992.
  6. ^ Religious Congregations and Membership (2000), conducted by Glennmary Research Center Retrieved on 2010-12-05
  7. ^ Association of Religion Data Archives Retrieved on 2010-12-05
  8. ^ "MONTHLY AVERAGES for Morehead, KY". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  9. ^ Census Bureau Retrieved on 2011-11-8
  10. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-23
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ The Morehead News
  13. ^ W227AX-FM 93.3 MHz
  14. ^ positive, encouraging K-LOVE
  15. ^ Morehead State Public Radio

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