Livermore, Kentucky

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Livermore is a city in McLean County in the U.S. state of Kentucky, at the confluence of the Green and Rough Rivers. The population was 1,482 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is named for pioneer James Livermore.[1]

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Geography

Livermore is located at 37°29′28″N 87°8′7″W / 37.49111°N 87.13528°W / 37.49111; -87.13528 (37.490987, -87.135340)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

Opera House Lynching

Livermore achieved national and international notoriety in the second decade of the twentieth century for one of the more bizarre public lynchings in American history. In April, 1911, Will Porter, a black man, allegedly shot and killed a white man in a barroom fight. Fearing a lynch mob, the sheriff hid Porter in the basement of a local theatre, but he was discovered and dragged upstairs to the stage by an angry crowd. The organizers of the lynching then charged admission and allowed armed patrons to open fire from their seats on the hapless prisoner, who was bound in the center of the stage.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,482 people, 614 households, and 405 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,438.1 people per square mile (555.5/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 647.3/sq mi (250.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.98% White, 0.07% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

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