Knott County, Kentucky

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Knott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1884. As of 2000, the population was 17,649. Its county seat is Hindman[1]. The county is named for James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887). It is a prohibition or dry county. Notable inhabitants include U.S. Congressman Carl D. Perkins, Appalachian author James Still, poet Albert Stewart, country music star David Tolliver from Halfway to Hazard and actress Rebecca Gayheart. Its county seat is home to the Hindman Settlement School, founded as America's first settlement school. The Knott County town of Pippa Passes is home to Alice Lloyd College.

Tourism is increasing in the county, especially the popularity of elk viewing. Knott County and its surrounding counties are home to 5,700 free ranging elk, the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi River.

Knott County tourism has expanded in recent years, with the opening of an ATV Training Center dedicated to the safety of ATV usage amongst riders and the Knott County Sportsplex, a sports complex dedicated to bringing athletic opportunities to people of all ages, through indoor basketball courts, outside baseball fields, a soccer field, and a fitness center.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 353 square miles (910 km2), of which 352 square miles (912 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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