Morgantown, Kentucky

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Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Butler County, Kentucky, United States.[1] The population was 2,544 at the 2000 census. The city had a sister city in Tatsuruhama, Ishikawa, Japan, which city is now part of Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan.



The etymology of the city's name is uncertain. According to The Kentucky Encyclopedia, it may have, at one time, been named Funkhouser Hill after Christopher Funkhouser, who donated land for the city. The Encyclopedia further speculates that Funkhouser may have given the city its present name to honor a hunter named Morgan or Daniel Morgan Smith, the first child born in the city.[2]

Civil War

Granville Allen, a member of the 17th Kentucky Infantry, was one of the first Union soldiers to die in the war, in a skirmish on October 29, 1861. A monument was erected by the Granville Allen Post #98 GAR. This first skirmish between the north and south took place on the Daniel Boone Johnson Property. The Johnson Cemetery is still there and is directly above the Monument, which is a limestone marker cut into the side of the old Logansport road, you will need to walk through some over growth to reach the monument. Morgantown has one of only two monuments dedicated to soldiers of both sides that died in the Civil War, and it is located at the county courthouse, the Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown.


Morgantown is located at 37°13′10″N 86°41′33″W / 37.21944°N 86.6925°W / 37.21944; -86.6925 (37.219465, -86.692513)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,544 people, 1,051 households, and 627 families residing in the city. The population density was 754.8 people per square mile (291.5/km²). There were 1,148 housing units at an average density of 340.6/sq mi (131.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.52% White, 1.10% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 2.36% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.22% of the population.

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