Grahn, Kentucky

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Grahn, Kentucky
Unincorporated community
Grahn is located in Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
Grahn is located in the US
Grahn (the US)
Coordinates: 38°17′1″N 83°4′31″W / 38.28361°N 83.07528°W / 38.28361; -83.07528Coordinates: 38°17′1″N 83°4′31″W / 38.28361°N 83.07528°W / 38.28361; -83.07528
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Carter
Elevation 692 ft (211 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes 41142
GNIS feature ID 493087

Grahn is an unincorporated community in Carter County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along Route 182, east of Olive Hill and southwest of the county seat of Grayson.[1] Its elevation is 692 feet (211 m).[2] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 41142.[3] The ZCTA for ZIP code 41142 had a population of 95 at the 2000 census.[4]

A post office was established in the community in 1888 as Fireclay. In 1909, it was renamed Grahn in honor of the German immigrant Karl Bernhard Grahn, founder of a successful brickyard.[5]

A school was constructed in Grahn in the 1930s under the direction of the WPA.[6] This building was originally Grahn High School; later it became Grahn Elementary School. When the school was closed in 1994, residents of the area sought to purchase the building and renovate it into a community center. After a grant was received in 1997, the Grahn School Community Center opened to provide services for people in Grahn and the surrounding area, including a library, thrift store, sports facilities and computer classes.[7]


  1. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '09. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2009, p. 43.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Grahn, Kentucky
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 121. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  6. ^ "Clay's Choice, Carter County" Kentucky Quilt Trail. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  7. ^ Grahn School Community Center Retrieved 1 April 2009.