River, Kentucky

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River, Kentucky
Unincorporated Community
The Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Bridge
The Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Bridge
River, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
River, Kentucky
River, Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°51′39.57″N 82°43′34.43″W / 37.8609917°N 82.7262306°W / 37.8609917; -82.7262306Coordinates: 37°51′39.57″N 82°43′34.43″W / 37.8609917°N 82.7262306°W / 37.8609917; -82.7262306
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Johnson
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (11.842 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 695
 • Density 58.69/sq mi (301.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 41254
Area code(s) 606
GNIS feature ID 501977[1]

River is an unincorporated community located in Johnson County, Kentucky, United States. The post office was first established on September 6, 1890 and its current ZIP code is 41254 and its telephone area code is 606.[2][3] Its logistical coordinates are (37.86102N, 82.72623W).


A post office called River has been in operation since 1890.[4] The community took its name from the nearby river.[5]


In 1999, the community of River received international attention for having the world's longest "plastic" bridge. The wooden deck of the 420-foot-long (130 m) Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Bridge was replaced with a deck made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The bridge is 30 feet longer than Aberfeldy Bridge in Scotland, which was the former recordholder. The bridge spans the Levisa Fork and connects River to the community of Offutt.[6]

River is also noted as the birthplace of country music star Hylo Brown and is the burial site of legendary pioneer, Jenny Wiley.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: River, Kentucky
  2. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1988). "Place Names". Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4. Retrieved on 2009-08-29
  3. ^ ZIP Code Look-up Retrieved 2009-11-28
  4. ^ "Johnson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 252. ISBN 0-8131-2631-2. 
  6. ^ Forrest and Maxie Preston Memorial Bridge Retrieved on 2009-08-29

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