Princeton, Kentucky

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Princeton is a city in Caldwell County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 6,536 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caldwell County[1].

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History

Princeton was founded by Revolutionary War veteran William Prince who settled in the Eddy Grove area of what was then Livingston County around 1799. Prince built Shandy Hall, a brick home and tavern overlooking the Big Springs of Eddy Creek where several game trails, or traces, converged. The site and Prince's surrounding land became known as Prince's Place. In 1817, the area surrounding Prince's settlement was renamed Princetown as he had donated forty acres of land for the establishment of a town and relocation of the Caldwell County seat from Eddyville. Shortly afterwards, the town's name was shortened to Princeton.[2]

Geography

Princeton is located at 37°6′28″N 87°52′57″W / 37.10778°N 87.8825°W / 37.10778; -87.8825 (37.107674, -87.882479)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²), all of it land.

Princeton is home to Hays Spring located on the misspelled road, Hayes Spring Road. This is a natural spring that supplied the water to the Princeton area.

Princeton will be a prime viewing spot for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. This eclipse will be viewable through a long path across the United States, with the maximum peak in Princeton, where the eclipse will cover a path 115 km (71 mi) wide and last over 2½ minutes, peaking at 18:25 UT (13:25 CDT).[4]

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