Bourbon County, Kentucky

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Bourbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed as a county within Virginia in 1786. In 1792, it transferred to the newly formed State of Kentucky. As of 2007, the population was 19,839. Its county seat is Paris, Kentucky[1]. It is best known for its association with bourbon whiskey.

Bourbon County is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 292 square miles (756 km2), of which 291 square miles (754 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) is water.

There are no sizable lakes in the county, but several streams. Primary among these is Stoner Creek, on which the county seat is situated. This large stream is a principal tributary of the South Fork of the Licking River.

The county's topography is predominantly gently rolling hills. Due to agricultural development, very little of the county's land area can be characterized as forested, though deciduous trees are a common feature of the landscape.

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Bourbon County was formed on October 17, 1785 from sections of Fayette County, Virginia, and named after the French House of Bourbon royal family, in recognition of French assistance during the Revolutionary War. Bourbon became part of the new state of Kentucky when it was created in 1792.

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