Park City, Kentucky

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Park City is a city in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 517 at the 2000 census. It has historically served as a gateway to nearby Mammoth Cave National Park and Diamond Caverns, a privately-owned cave attraction.

Park City is part of the Glasgow, Kentucky Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The city had three other names during its history:

  • Three Forks, named in 1827 (with the opening of a post office) for the junction of the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike, the Glasgow Road, and the Bardstown Road;
  • Bell's Station, for the famous Bell's Tavern located on the Mammoth Cave stagecoach road and the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike (the ruins of this tavern still stand after it burned in 1860);
  • Glasgow Junction, for its location at a junction between the former Louisville and Nashville Railroad main line and a branch to Glasgow, Kentucky (the Glasgow Railway), and also the Mammoth Cave Railroad. This name change took place in 1859.

The name was officially changed to Park City in 1938. This has occasionally caused confusion with nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky, which historically called itself "The Park City"; Bowling Green's daily newspaper still has "Park City" on its front page nameplate.


Park City is located at 37°5′39″N 86°2′54″W / 37.09417°N 86.04833°W / 37.09417; -86.04833 (37.094181, -86.048309)[1]. Interstate 65 passes through, as does the CSX Transportation rail line (former L&N).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 517 people, 237 households, and 142 families residing in the city. The population density was 303.5 people per square mile (117.4/km²). There were 263 housing units at an average density of 154.4/sq mi (59.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.23% White, 6.38% African American, 0.19% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

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