Henderson County, Kentucky

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Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1799. As of 2006, the population was 45,666. The county seat is the City of Henderson.[1] The county was named for Colonel Richard Henderson who originally purchased 17,000,000 acres (69,000 km²) of land from the Cherokee Indians, only to have the purchase voided by the Virginia legislature. Then, in 1778, the Richard Henderson Company was granted 200,000 acres (800 km²) in recognition of the $50,000 paid by the company to the Indians Cherokee in the Treaty of Watauga. Land in that grant is included in the present boundary of Henderson County.

Henderson County is part of the Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Kentucky clergyman and university president LaVerne Butler was born in Henderson County in 1926.[2]



Henderson 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 467 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 440 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • A strip known as "Green River Island" is claimed by Kentucky but is on the Indiana side of the Ohio River. The Ellis Park Racecourse is located here.

Also the home of the Southern Cherokee Nation in 1893 the Southern Cherokee was welcomed to Kentucky and recognized as an Indian tribe by Governor John Y. Brown. The Southern Cherokee still live in Henderson, Co today.

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