Yellow Banks, Kentucky

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Yellow Banks (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Unincorporated community
Yellow Banks (Owensboro, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
Yellow Banks (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Yellow Banks (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Coordinates: 37°45′28″N 87°7′6″W / 37.75778°N 87.11833°W / 37.75778; -87.11833Coordinates: 37°45′28″N 87°7′6″W / 37.75778°N 87.11833°W / 37.75778; -87.11833
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Daviess
Elevation 394 ft (120 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42301, 42303, 42303
Area code(s) 270
GNIS feature ID 497423[1]

Yellow Banks, Kentucky, was the name of the rustic community founded by pioneer William Smeathers or Smothers around 1790 on the banks of the Ohio River. The name was derived from the yellowish banks along the river. In 1817, Yellow Banks became the established town of Owensborough,[2] in honor of Col. Abraham Owen (also the namesake of Owen County in Kentucky).[3]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Owensboro, Kentucky". Accessed 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ History of Daviess County, Kentucky 1883