Hickman County, Kentucky

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Hickman County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1822. The elevation in the county ranges from 276 feet (84 m) to 510 feet (160 m) above sea level. As of 2000, the population was 5,262. Its county seat is Clinton[1]. It is the least densely populated county in the state and is a prohibition or dry county.

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History

Hickman County was the seventy-first in order of formation. It was named for Captain Paschal Hickman of the 1st Rifle Regiment, Kentucky Militia. A resident of Franklin County, Kentucky, Hickman was captured at the Battle of Frenchtown in January 1813 and was killed by Indians in the Massacre of the River Raisin. Columbus, in the northwest of the county on the Mississippi River, was the original county seat. A log structure built in 1823 served as the courthouse. In 1830, the county seat was moved to the more centrally located Clinton. Early in the American Civil War, the Confederate Army established Fort de Russey on the strategically located bluffs across the river from Belmont, Missouri. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant attacked Belmont in November 1861 his first battle of the war, but was defeated by Confederate troops from Columbus. The site of the Battle of Belmont is now a state park.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 253 square miles (655 km2), of which 244 square miles (632 km2) is land and 8 square miles (21 km2) is water.

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Demographics

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