Black Gnat, Kentucky

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Black Gnat, Kentucky
Black Gnat is located in Kentucky
Black Gnat
Black Gnat
Black Gnat is located in the United States
Black Gnat
Black Gnat
Coordinates: 37°18′15″N 85°26′11″W / 37.30417°N 85.43639°W / 37.30417; -85.43639Coordinates: 37°18′15″N 85°26′11″W / 37.30417°N 85.43639°W / 37.30417; -85.43639
CountryUnited States
CountyGreen and Taylor
846 ft (258 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID507513

Black Gnat is an unincorporated community in Green and Taylor Counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It lies along Old U.S. Route 68 between the cities of Campbellsville and Greensburg, the county seats of Taylor and Green Counties.[1] Its elevation is 846 feet (258 m).[2]

After the local schoolhouse was painted, it became covered in black gnats. A person remarked about the large number of the black gnats, and the name remained.[3] Black Gnat has been noted for its unusual place name.[4]


  1. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '06. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2006, p. 42.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Black Gnat, Kentucky, Geographic Names Information System, 1979-09-20. Accessed 2007-12-31.
  3. ^ Rennick, Charles (1984). Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. p. 25.
  4. ^ Staten, Vince (18 December 2012). Kentucky Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7627-9270-2.