Cloverport, Kentucky

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Cloverport is a city in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, United States, on the banks of the Ohio River. The population was 1,256 at the 2000 census. Under Kentucky state law, it is a fifth class city.



The town was once known as "Joesville," named after its founder, Joe Houston. Founded in 1808[1] and situated along the Ohio River, Cloverport's past has seen greater economic importance as a port city.

In 1816, Cloverport ferryman Jacob Weatherholt piloted the family of Abraham Lincoln, then a lad of seven, along with his parents, Thomas and Nancy, across the Ohio River as the family left Kentucky to move to a newly-acquired farm in Spencer County, Indiana.

Cloverport was also the site of a button factory, which made use of shells from the Ohio River.

In the nineteenth century, the Victoria Coal Mines, named in honor of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, produced coal oil, made from cannel coal, which was later used to light Buckingham Palace.

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Wiley Blount Rutledge was born at nearby Tar Springs on July 20, 1894. Rutledge was the son of the pastor of Cloverport Baptist Church.


According to the U.S Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.41%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,256 people, 536 households, and 351 families residing in the city. The population density was 779.1 people per square mile (301.2/km²). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 384.6/sq mi (148.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.42% White, 2.47% African American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

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