McLean County, Kentucky

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McLean County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky; its population was 9,938 in the 2000 Census. McLean County's county seat is at Calhoun[1].

McLean County, with Daviess and Hancock Counties, is part of the Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which has a population of some 110,314 (2002 estimate). McLean is a prohibition or dry county.



The county was formed by act of the Kentucky legislature in 1854 from portions of surrounding Daviess, Ohio, and Muhlenberg Counties, and was named for Judge Alney McLean, founder of Greenville, the county seat of Muhlenberg County.


The county has a total area of 256 square miles (663 km2), of which 254 square miles (658 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) is water.

Geographic features

McLean County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky.

The county is transected southeast to northwest by Green River, the longest river entirely within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bridge crossings of Green River are at Calhoun, Livermore and west of Beech Grove. Green River is navigable throughout McLean County, with Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam #2 at Calhoun assisting boat navigation.

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