|Named for||the hometown of the local postmaster|
|Elevation||906 ft (276 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||495592|
The community grew up around a stone mill erected in 1794 and was originally laid out as North Liberty in 1813. In 1830, however, the first postmaster Ephraim Carter named his new post office after Keene, New Hampshire, the hometown he shared with local store owner Harvey Huggins. The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1844.
It was also known as Hard Scrabble.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Keene has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
- Jimmy Blythe, composer, pianist
- Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Keene, Kentucky". Accessed 1 August 2013.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Keene, Kentucky
- Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 158. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 August 2013.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: GNIS detail showing alternate names
- "Keene, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
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