Dixon, Kentucky

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Dixon is a city in Webster County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 632 at the 2000 census. Dixon, the county seat of Webster county, is located at the junction of US 41A and KY 132. It was established in 1860 when the county was formed. The Court House post office opened in 1860.

Revolutionary War veteran William Jenkins in 1794 established a stagecoach inn five miles north of the town's present site, on the old Indian trail between Nashville and St. Louis.

The town was incorporated on February 6, 1861 and was named Archibald Dixon, lieutenant governor of the state from 1844 to 1848 and U.S. Senator from 1852 to 1855). The notorious Harpe brothers, murderous outlaws, terrorized the area in the late 18th century.

The downtown area has several historic homes and was the site of a number of Civil War skirmishes. [1]



Dixon is located at 37°30′36″N 87°41′55″W / 37.510094°N 87.698539°W / 37.510094; -87.698539.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 1.04% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 632 people, 241 households, and 159 families residing in the city. The population density was 665.3 people per square mile (256.9/km²). There were 269 housing units at an average density of 283.2/sq mi (109.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.94% White, 2.85% African American, 0.16% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 241 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

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