Brandenburg, Kentucky

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Brandenburg is a city in Meade County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,049 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Meade County.[1]



Brandenburg was built on a 3,000-acre (12 km2) tract of land called Falling Springs, purchased in 1804 by Solomon Brandenburg. He opened a tavern around which the community grew, and in 1825 the community became the county seat, but the settlement didn't incorporate until March 28, 1872.

Brandenburg was devastated by an F5 tornado during the Super Outbreak of April 3, 1974; 31 were killed in the city.

During the American Civil War, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan crossed at Brandenburg to start his Raid into Indiana in July 1863. During the Battle of Brandenburg Crossing two men on the Indiana side of the river were killed by cannon fire from Brandenburg. Although a Union gunship was deployed to stop the crossing, Morgan and his men were able to pass into Indiana after it ran out of ammunition.

Geography and maps

Brandenburg is located at 37°59′34″N 86°10′29″W / 37.99278°N 86.17472°W / 37.99278; -86.17472 (37.992664, -86.174657).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,049 people, 844 households, and 535 families residing in the city. The population density was 518.0 people per square mile (199.8/km²). There were 917 housing units at an average density of 231.8/sq mi (89.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.05% White, 3.90% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

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