Ravenna, Kentucky

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Ravenna is a city in Estill County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 693 at the 2000 census.

In 2008, Ravenna conducted the first Ravenna Railroad Festival, its first festival in 50 years.

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Geography

Ravenna is located at 37°41′9″N 83°57′5″W / 37.68583°N 83.95139°W / 37.68583; -83.95139 (37.685772, -83.951399)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

History

Ravenna, A True Railroad Town

Before it was incorporated, Ravenna was known only as "The Village".

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company (L & N) was responsible for the name of Ravenna, the building of the Shops, Yard, Office Building, Passenger & Freight Station, and many other things that were built for the establishment of a railroad terminal in Estill County just east of the county seat Irvine, Kentucky. After the completion of the terminal in 1915, the county decided it would call it Ravenna which stems from the word "Ravine" but it was reported by early railroad officials that an Italian foreman and interpreter with a construction crew of approximately 60 Italian men building the railroad yards, requested that the railroad officials name the station in honor of his birthplace, Ravenna, Italy and it was so granted by the railroad officials in charge of such matter.

A thriving village sprang up in 1915, when the railroad started construction of its shops; and five years later in the 1920, Ravenna was incorporated into a 6th Class City by the Estill County Circuit Court.

In 1924 Ravenna was declared a 5th Class City by an act of the Kentucky State Legislature due to an increase in population. This also entitled them to have a Mayor, six councilmen and city clerk, as it still stands today, complete with modern fire department and police department.

Ravenna is also the home of the local VFW Post# 8019 and the original & current National Guard Armory that is home to C CO, 1-149th IN(M), 149th BDE, and Estill County Veterans Memorial in the Ravenna Veterans Memorial Park.

In August 2008, Ravenna hosted the Ravenna Railroad Festival to showcase the history of the railroad, and included tours of the historic Fitchburg & Cottage Furnaces. The Ravenna Railroad Festival coincided with the Estill County Bicentennial, a yearlong celebration in 2008.

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