Owensboro, Kentucky

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Owensboro is the third largest city by population in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the county seat of Daviess County.[1] It is located on U.S. Route 60 about 32 miles (51 km) southeast of Evansville, Indiana and is the principal city of the Owensboro, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 55,745 at the 2009 U.S. Census Estimate. The city was named after Colonel Abraham Owen. Owensboro is the second-largest city in the Tri-State region of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky after Evansville, Indiana.

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History

According to anthropological studies, Native American culture in the locality dates back 12,000 years, though the last Shawnee Indians were forced to vacate the area before the end of the eighteenth century. Legend has it that Kentucky as a whole is 'dark and bloody ground' – a myth which arose out of the popular belief that Indian tribes were happy to hunt the land but were unwilling to settle it.

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