La Grange, Kentucky

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La Grange is a city in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1827 and named after the French home of General Lafayette. The population was 5,676 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Oldham County[1].

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History

The city of La Grange was established in 1827 when the county seat was relocated at Major William Berry Taylor's suggestion from Westport. It was named La Grange for the estate of General Lafayette of France who had visited the area in 1824. For some unknown reason, the county seat once again returned to Westport in 1828 where it remained until 1838 when it was once again relocated to La Grange. On January 23, 1840, La Grange was incorporated as a city.[2]

Railroad

La Grange is unusual in that a railroad line runs right through downtown. Cars are forced to park on either side of the tracks when a train is passing through. The speed limit for trains in downtown is 10 mph. CSX owns the trackage.

Correctional facilities

The Kentucky Department of Corrections maintains four correctional facilities in La Grange. Construction began on the Kentucky State Reformatory, the largest prison in the state, in 1937, with the prison opening in 1939. Roederer Correctional Complex, which houses the state prison Assessment and Classification Center, was built in 1976. The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex and Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center, both built in the same facility but technically two separate prisons, opened in 1983. Approximately 4000 inmates of various security levels are housed at these institutions.

Geography

La Grange is located at 38°24′24″N 85°22′46″W / 38.40667°N 85.37944°W / 38.40667; -85.37944 (38.406612, -85.379382)[3].

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