Butler County, Kentucky

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Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1810, becoming Kentucky's 53rd county.[1] As of 2000, the population was 13,010. Its county seat is Morgantown, Kentucky[2]. Butler is a prohibition or dry county.



The area now known as Butler County was settled by Richard C. Dellium and James Forgy, creating a town called Berry's Lick. The first industry in the area was salt-making.[1]

The Kentucky General Assembly created Butler County on January 18, 1810 from parts of Logan and Ohio counties. The county was named for Major General Richard Butler who died at the Battle of the Wabash in 1791.[1]

Butler County has one of only two Civil War monuments dedicated to soldiers that served and died on both sides. The zinc Civil War monument was dedicated in 1907 on the Butler County Courthouse lawn in Morgantown.


Butler County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 432 square miles (1,119 km2), of which 428 square miles (1,109 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) is water.

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