Mount Washington, Kentucky

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Mount Washington is a city in northeast Bullitt County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 8,485 at the 2000 census. The estimated population as of 2006 was 11,761. It is located at was once the crossroads of two stagecoach routes, which spurred early population growth and the incorporation in 1822 of a town called Mt. Vernon, after George Washington's home. The name was changed to Mount Washington in 1833 to avoid confusion with Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County.

The city is one of several surrounding Louisville, Kentucky that have experienced a sharp rise in population in the past two decades, becoming a commuter town.

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History

Mount Washington was founded in the early nineteenth century and was known then as The Cross Roads. It was officially chartered in 1822 as Mount Vernon, but when a post office was applied for, it was discovered that a city in Rockcastle County was already using the name. In 1822 the city of Mt. Washington contained three churches, two schools, six stores and groceries, five doctors, two taverns and twelve mechanical trades. The population at that time was aprox. 700.

Mount Washington became the economic center of Bullitt County by the 1850s. In the Autumn of 1862, the town was held by John Wharton's Confederate cavalry, who skirmished with Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden's men north of Mount Washington along Floyds Fork on October 1. A defeat the following day lead to a Confederate retreat from the area.

Through the nineteenth century a two room school building stood on the southern end of Highway 31E, but in 1916, a new building consisting of four classrooms was built. Where the four room classroom building once stood, now stands Mt. Washington Middle School. Mt. Washington Middle School (MWMS) was built in the early 1940s and at that time was the High School. MWMS had to expand and remodel in 1999 because the population was growing tremendously, and now supports over 200 classrooms and offices. So much, that another middle school had to be built on the other side of the city. That project was completed in 2006.

Mount Washington's industries aged and by the 1930s it was no longer the most prominent town in the county. The decline continued when fire burned much of the business district on November 18, 1940. Mount Washington enjoyed an influx of new residents starting in the late 1960s with the opening of General Electric's Appliance Park nearby. The population grew from 2,020 in 1970 to over 8,000 by the 2000 census. This trend continues today despite a downturn at the Appliance Park, and the area is commonly recognized as a commuter town in regards to Louisville.

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