Mockingbird Valley, Kentucky

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Mockingbird Valley is a city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 190 at the 2000 census. It has the highest per capita income of any location in Kentucky, and the tenth highest of any location in America.

Located directly to the east of Louisville along the Ohio River, Mockingbird Valley is frequently referred to as a "country enclave" and is noted for its rural feel. It is located on river bluffs and rolling hills, with large homes set back from the road, heavy tree density, bridges and walls using traditional local materials, as well as undisturbed rock outcroppings. One-third of the roads are privately owned, and the entire city is zoned residential except for a small parking lot, which is zoned for commercial use.

The first house, Rock Hill, was built in 1840 near River Road, and still remains. Although it was initially agricultural, wealthy Louisvillians eventually began building summer homes in Mockingbird Valley, starting with Atilla and Carrie Gaulbert Cox in 1905 (nearby Cox Park is named after the latter). An interurban railroad soon allowed for commuting to Downtown Louisville, and the first year-round house was built by Annie and Stuart Duncan in 1908. Planned subdivisions were soon built in the area: the Jarvis addition in 1912, Green Hills in 1924 and Overbrook in 1929. It incorporated as a city in 1940. Development has continued slowly as late as 2006, with a final subdivision, Mockingbird Valley River Bluff, being built on 15 lots covering 54 acres (220,000 m2). The city's history is roughly similar to that of Glenview and Anchorage, two other eastern Jefferson county cities.

Since incorporation, it has been a sixth-class city, and there has been some interest in making it a historic preservation district, largely to prevent unwanted development.

Louisville Country Club is located near Mockingbird Valley, built in 1905 and designed by Walter Travis. In 1999 it was one of several private clubs named in a discrimination lawsuit, and was eventually forced to turn over its membership records, though no investigation was ever conducted by the state Human Rights Commission. It admitted its first black member in February 2006.[1]

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Geography

Mockingbird Valley is located at 38°16′14″N 85°40′46″W / 38.27056°N 85.67944°W / 38.27056; -85.67944 (38.270520, -85.679496)[2].

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