Raceland, Kentucky

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Raceland is a city in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the Ohio River valley. The population was 2,355 at the 2000 census.

Raceland is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.

Raceland is home to the Raceland Car Shop. When it was built in the 1920s, it was one of the largest railway car repair shops in the United States. The shop was completed in two years. It is located adjacent to CSX's Russell Yard, which operated under C&O, then CSX, and currently under Progress Rail Services.[1]



The city of Raceland and the land surrounding it were part of a 5,000-acre (20 km2) Revolutionary War grant to Abraham Buford. His son, Charles Buford, divided up the land and sold it in tracts. Eventually, one of the tracts was inherited to Benjamen Chinn, who sold his tract in town lots. He gave the town the name Chinnville. Its first post office was established on March 7, 1910. It was became an incorporated city five years later on July 31, 1915.

In 1924, Jack C. Keene (who later established Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky), created a horse racing track near the city. Due to this, the town was renamed Raceland on April 1, 1925. The racetrack was eventually abandoned and the city was once again named Chinnville, but on April 1, 1930, the city was again named Raceland.[2]


Raceland is located at 38°32′13″N 82°43′52″W / 38.53694°N 82.73111°W / 38.53694; -82.73111 (38.537003, -82.731137)[3].

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