Bonnieville, Kentucky

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Bonnieville is a city in Hart County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 354 at the 2000 census.



Bonnieville is located at 37°22′29″N 85°54′12″W / 37.37472°N 85.90333°W / 37.37472; -85.90333 (37.374850, -85.903429)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land. U.S. Route 31W runs through the middle of the city. Bonnieville is accessible from Exit 71 on Interstate 65. Part of the original main line of the historic Louisville and Nashville Railroad now CSX run through the city. A stream known as Bacon Creek bisects the city.


Founded in 1849, the town was originally known as Bacon Creek [2], same as the stream that runs through the city. It is rumored that the name was changed to Bonnieville because of the popularity of the song My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean.

Civil War

On December 26, 1862 John Hunt Morgan CSA sent a detachment from Upton to the bridge over Bacon Creek in Bonnieville. A brief firefight with a Detachment of the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment resulted with the destruction of the bridge for the third time, and the wounding of 23[3]. The rail road remained closed for 6 weeks until the tracks could be repaired and reopened on February 1.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 354 people, 137 households, and 93 families residing in the city. The population density was 646.7 people per square mile (248.5/km²). There were 170 housing units at an average density of 310.6/sq mi (119.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.18% White, 1.69% Black or African American, and 1.13% from two or more races.

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