Logan County, Kentucky

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Logan County, Kentucky
Logan County courthouse Kentucky.JPG
Original Logan County courthouse in Russellville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Logan County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded1792
Named forBenjamin Logan
SeatRussellville
Largest cityRussellville
Area
 • Total557 sq mi (1,443 km2)
 • Land552 sq mi (1,430 km2)
 • Water4.9 sq mi (13 km2), 0.9%
Population
 • (2010)26,835
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Website[[1] logancounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx]]

Logan County is a county located in the southwest Pennyroyal Plateau area of the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,835.[1] Its county seat is Russellville.[2]

History[edit]

The county is named for Benjamin Logan, who had been second in command of the Kentucky militia during the American Revolutionary War and was a leader in bringing statehood to the area.[3][4] Created from Lincoln County on September 1, 1792, Logan was the 13th Kentucky county in order of formation.[5] Its original territory stretched from the Mississippi in the west to the Little Barren River in the east, and from the Green and Ohio Rivers in the north to the Tennessee border on the south; since then, 28 other counties have been formed within that area.[6] The settlement of Logan Court House was made the county seat at its incorporation under the name Russellville.

Future President Andrew Jackson fought a pistol duel against Charles Dickinson at Harrison's Mill in Logan County on May 30, 1806. Jackson was seriously wounded and Dickinson was killed.[6]


During the post-Reconstruction period, there was considerable racial violence by whites against blacks in Logan County; they used terrorism to re-establish and maintain white supremacy. Whites lynched 12 African Americans here from 1877-1950; most were killed around the turn of the 20th century. This was a higher total than in all but one other county in the state.[7] Four men were killed in a mass lynching on August 1, 1908 in Russellville, during civil unrest associated with the Black Patch Tobacco Wars. Sharecroppers Joseph Riley, and Virgil, Robert, and Thomas Jones,[8] the latter three members of the same family, were all hanged from the same cedar tree. They were the last persons lynched in the county.[9]

Logan was a major tobacco-growing county, with Dark Fired Tobacco produced by a special smoke processing. From 1906 some of its farmers had become involved in the Black Patch Tobacco Wars, joining the Dark Tobacco District Planters' Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee to mobilize against the monopoly power of the American Tobacco Company, which had driven down prices. Paramilitary Night Riders threatened some planters to "persuade" them to join the PPA. In late 1907 and early 1908, hundreds of Night Riders conducted raids against some Kentucky towns. They hit Russellville on January 3, 1908, taking it over and dynamiting two tobacco factories.[10]

21st century[edit]

In 2009, the Logan County/Russellville Little League Baseball team won the Little League World Series Great Lakes Regional Tournament as the 4th team from Kentucky to do so (as of 2017, Kentucky has had seven teams win the Great Lakes Tournament) to represent the Great Lakes Region in the Little League World Series. [11]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 557 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 552 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (0.9%) is water.[12]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18005,807
181012,123108.8%
182014,42319.0%
183013,012−9.8%
184013,6154.6%
185016,58121.8%
186019,02114.7%
187020,4297.4%
188024,35819.2%
189023,812−2.2%
190025,9949.2%
191024,977−3.9%
192023,633−5.4%
193021,875−7.4%
194023,3456.7%
195022,335−4.3%
196020,896−6.4%
197021,7934.3%
198024,13810.8%
199024,4161.2%
200026,5738.8%
201026,8351.0%
Est. 201626,593[13]−0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
1790–1960[15] 1900–1990[16]
1990–2000[17] 2010–2013[1]

As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 26,573 people, 10,506 households, and 7,574 families residing in the county. The population density was 48 per square mile (19/km2). There were 11,875 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.70% White, 7.62% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,506 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,474, and the median income for a family was $39,307. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $20,265 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,962. About 10.80% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.50% of those under age 18 and 18.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 71.4% 7,778 25.3% 2,755 3.4% 366
2012 65.6% 6,899 33.0% 3,469 1.4% 142
2008 63.6% 6,925 35.0% 3,811 1.4% 154
2004 64.0% 6,815 35.4% 3,768 0.6% 61
2000 57.3% 5,344 41.6% 3,885 1.1% 103
1996 44.2% 3,888 47.5% 4,181 8.4% 738
1992 41.9% 3,710 45.9% 4,064 12.2% 1,075
1988 55.7% 4,295 43.9% 3,379 0.4% 31
1984 58.8% 4,889 40.3% 3,347 0.9% 74
1980 43.3% 3,366 54.8% 4,264 1.9% 151
1976 32.9% 2,430 65.6% 4,850 1.5% 109
1972 57.9% 3,573 39.8% 2,459 2.3% 143
1968 39.2% 3,402 38.4% 3,339 22.4% 1,946
1964 26.3% 2,232 73.4% 6,234 0.3% 28
1960 46.6% 4,117 53.4% 4,719 0.0% 0
1956 34.9% 2,855 64.8% 5,299 0.2% 20
1952 35.9% 2,758 63.9% 4,917 0.2% 15
1948 22.5% 1,352 72.3% 4,355 5.3% 316
1944 30.1% 2,211 69.6% 5,110 0.3% 18
1940 25.5% 2,268 74.4% 6,631 0.1% 9
1936 26.9% 1,812 72.8% 4,912 0.3% 21
1932 28.0% 2,778 71.3% 7,072 0.7% 67
1928 55.8% 4,858 44.1% 3,843 0.1% 7
1924 42.8% 3,705 55.1% 4,772 2.1% 179
1920 39.0% 3,948 60.4% 6,111 0.7% 66
1916 42.1% 2,501 56.7% 3,373 1.2% 74
1912 32.8% 1,632 54.2% 2,697 13.0% 646

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36.
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 479.
  5. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26.
  6. ^ a b Richardson, Evelyn B. Kentucky Encyclopedia, p. 568. "Logan County". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed July 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Lynching in America/ Supplement: Lynchings by County, 3rd Edition, 2015, p. 5
  8. ^ "Lynching in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky", Photographic postcard, Oshkosh Public Museum
  9. ^ George C. Wright, Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865--1940: Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings", LSU Press, 1996, pp. 124-125
  10. ^ Griffin, Mark. Stand There and Tremble: When the Night Riders Came to Russellville . Pumpkin Bomb Press (2008)
  11. ^ "Little League Baseball". www.littleleague.org. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  15. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  16. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  19. ^ Alex C. Finley. 1876, Reprint c. 2000. The History of Russellville and Logan County, Ky. Reprint: Russellville, Ky.: A. B. Willhite. 21–23, 25, 42 (numbering from reprint).
  20. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

Coordinates: 36°52′N 86°53′W / 36.86°N 86.88°W / 36.86; -86.88