Audubon Park, Kentucky

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Audubon Park is a city in central Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,545 at the 2000 census. It is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Downtown Louisville, and is surrounded on all sides by the city of Louisville. Audubon Park was developed residentially in the early 20th century on 230 acres (0.93 km2) of hilly pastureland once owned by General William Preston, who in turn had been granted the land in 1774 from the British Government as payment for his services during the French and Indian War.

The land was sold to G. Robert Hunt in 1906, and the Audubon Park Country Club was built by avid golfer Russell Houston. The Audubon Park Realty Co. purchased the land in 1912, and named the neighborhood after wildlife painter John James Audubon, and named all but two of the 20 streets after birds.

Development was very slow until Louisville Gas and Electric laid gas mains and installed streetlights in the 1920s, at which point it was estimated that a new house was begun every 2 weeks. Most houses are traditional in design, with styles including Neo-Colonial, Dutch colonial and Neo-federal, though some Craftsman-style California Bungalows are present.

An early streetcar spur route ran to a station house near the center of the park (the station house has been converted to a private residence and still stands). The line was discontinued in the 1920s, although the tracks were not entirely removed until 1975. The city incorporated in 1941.

The city is known for its straight, tree lined streets (facilitated by rear utility lines where possible) and six small neighborhood parks. Its entrances are marked by large stone gateways. Two annual traditions are the spring Dogwood festival, and the fall Arts and Crafts festival. The city was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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Geography

Audubon Park is located at 38°12'18" North, 85°43'39" West (38.204970, -85.727598)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,545 people, 619 households, and 433 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,788.6 people per square mile (1,864.1/km²). There were 634 housing units at an average density of 1,965.0/sq mi (765.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.19% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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