Floyd County, Kentucky

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Floyd County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1800. As of 2000, the population was 42,441. Its county seat is Prestonsburg[1]. The county is named for Colonel John Floyd (1750–1783).



On December 13, 1799, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to form Floyd County as the 40th county of Kentucky.[2] The county was made from parts of Fleming, Montgomery, and Mason County, Kentucky. The legislation became effective on June 1, 1800.[2] The county was named for James John Floyd.[2] The county seat was Preston's Station, later renamed Prestonsburg. The first court house burned down on April 8, 1808, destroying all the early records, so the earliest records of government activity come from the year 1808.[2] Prestonsburg was used as a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War and two battles took place nearby: the Battle of Ivy Mountain on November 8, 1861 and the Battle of Middle Creek on January 10, 1862.[2] Both were Union victories.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395 square miles (1,023 km2), of which 394 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) is water.

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