Junction City, Kentucky

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Junction City is a city in Boyle County, Kentucky on the border with Lincoln County in the United States. Its population was 2,184 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Junction City began when the Louisville and Nashville Railroad reached the area. It was originally known as Goresburgh for the proprietors of the Gore Hotel. The Gore post office opened in 1880, was renamed Goresburgh in 1882, and then immediately renamed Junction City, as the Cincinnati Southern Railway had reached town. The Louisville and Nashville station there was known as Danville Junction.

The southeastern part of Junction City was once the separate town of Shelby City, named to honor Isaac Shelby, who lived nearby. A South Danville post office opened there in 1866, was renamed Shelby City in 1867, and closed in 1926. The L&N station in the town was known as Danville Station and the town was also known as Briartown.

The Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site is located just south of Junction City. [2]


Junction City is located at 37°35′07″N 84°47′19″W / 37.58528°N 84.78861°W / 37.58528; -84.78861. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,184 people, 876 households, and 617 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,088.3 per square mile (420.2 /km2). There were 945 housing units at an average density of 470.9 per square mile (181.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.53% White, 1.05% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.85% of the population.

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