Radcliff, Kentucky

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Radcliff is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 21,961 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Its economy is largely dominated by the county seat of Hardin County, Elizabethtown, as well as Fort Knox, as it sits by the entrance to the base. Its population reflects the transient military officers who work on post.

In 1988, a youth group from the First Assembly of God in Radcliff was involved in the worst drunk-driving accident in U.S. history, a bus accident in which a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 hit the group's vehicle, killing 27 people in the crash and the resulting fire.

Despite being in a dry county (Hardin), sales by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners are allowed.



Radcliff is located at 37°49′48″N 85°56′44″W / 37.83°N 85.94556°W / 37.83; -85.94556 (37.829918, -85.945541)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.7 km²), of which, 11.5 square miles (29.7 km²) of it is land and 0.09% is water.


The City of Radcliff has a population approximately 22,000 citizens. Incorporated in 1956, Radcliff was actually born in 1919, when a man named Horace McCullum subdivided lots along Wilson Avenue and sold them at auction to the highest bidder. McCullum named the new community after his friend Major William Radcliffe, head of the Quartermaster Corps at the newly established Camp Henry Knox. After selling the general store which he had opened in the new town, McCullum no longer played a role in the development of the town into Kentucky's fastest growing city.

The next significant step in Radcliff's history happened during the 1930s when Fort Knox expanded and dislocated the towns of Stithton and New Stithton causing various residents and businesses of those communities to move to Radcliff. During World War II, thousands of soldiers trained at Fort Knox and spent their leisure hours at the USO in Radcliff.

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