Bagdad, Kentucky

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Bagdad is an unincorporated community in northeastern Shelby County, Kentucky, United States. It was founded at what is currently the intersection of Kentucky Routes 12 and 395.

Name[edit]

The name of the community comes from the name of an old railroad station. According to one account, the station was named "Daddy's Bag", after a colorful railroad worker who lived there, which was eventually shortened to "Bagdad". Another account suggests that a person with a speech impediment named it "Granddad".[1] Yet another story has it that the young speech-impaired son of a local feed merchant, whenever a customer walked into the door, would holler to his father, "Bag, dad!".[2]

Bagdad is the hometown of former governor of Kentucky Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky's first and so far only female governor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kentucky Place Names
  2. ^ John E. Kleber, The New History of Shelby County, Kentucky (Prospect, KY: Harmony House Publishing, 2003), p.52-55.

Coordinates: 38°15′44″N 85°03′28″W / 38.26222°N 85.05778°W / 38.26222; -85.05778