South Portsmouth, Kentucky

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South Portsmouth, Kentucky
Unincorporated community
The U.S. Grant Bridge between Portsmouth and South Portsmouth
The U.S. Grant Bridge between Portsmouth and South Portsmouth
South Portsmouth is located in Kentucky
South Portsmouth
South Portsmouth
South Portsmouth is located in the US
South Portsmouth
South Portsmouth
Coordinates: 38°43′28″N 83°00′48″W / 38.72444°N 83.01333°W / 38.72444; -83.01333Coordinates: 38°43′28″N 83°00′48″W / 38.72444°N 83.01333°W / 38.72444; -83.01333
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Greenup
Elevation 554 ft (169 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 606
GNIS feature ID 503970[1]

South Portsmouth is an unincorporated community in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States. South Portsmouth is located on the Ohio River across from Portsmouth, Ohio and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of South Shore, Kentucky. Kentucky Route 8 passes through the community.[2]

South Portsmouth was originally called Springville (or Springsville) due to the numerous springs in the area. Springville was incorporated as a town on March 3, 1876. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad built a track through the community in the early 1900s. Subsequently the name of the community was changed to South Portsmouth, presumably to indicate its location with respect to Portsmouth, Ohio.[3]

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