|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||502439|
Royalton is an unincorporated community in Magoffin County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along Route 7 southeast of the city of Salyersville, the county seat of Magoffin County. Its elevation is 879 feet (268 m). Although it is unincorporated it had a post office, with the ZIP code of 41464.
Royalton was established as a company town some time around 1912 by the Dawkins Log & Mill Company, a Canadian based lumber company financed by the Royal Bank of Canada for which the town is named.
The lumber company established a railroad, the Dawkins Line, in order to transport lumber. After the lumber industry left the coal industry became big in Royalton. A coal tipple was built and the railroad was put to use by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1930 and later by CSX. The coal industry has since moved on and the Dawkins Line was sold to R.J. Corman in 2002 and abandoned in 2004. After the rail corridor was abandoned, the former railroad right-of-way was converted to the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, which opened in 2013.
The Royalton post office was established on September 20, 1920. In 2011 the post office was closed, one of several thousand being eliminated by the US Postal Service across the country in an effort to save revenue.
- Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '06. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2006, p. 43.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Royalton, Kentucky, Geographic Names Information System, 1979-09-20. Accessed 2008-01-03.
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- John E. Kleber The Kentucky Encyclopedia, 1992, p. 604.
- Gov. Beshear and First Lady Open Dawkins Line Rail Trail Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- Robert M. Rennick Kentucky Place Names, 1988, p. 257.
- Mallenbaum, Carly (July 27, 2011). "Postal Service Lists 3,700 Branches For Possible Closing". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
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