Warsaw, Kentucky

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Warsaw is a city in Gallatin County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 1,811 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Gallatin County[1].



Warsaw is located at 38°47′0″N 84°53′58″W / 38.783333°N 84.89944°W / 38.783333; -84.89944 (38.783435, -84.899564)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (35.76%) is water.


Warsaw began as a landing on the Ohio River in 1798. In 1805, founder Colonel Robert Johnson surveyed and built a road from this landing to his former home in Scott County, Kentucky. The landing soon became a busy shipping port.

In 1814, Colonel Johnson and Henry Yates purchased 200 acres (0.81 km2) to establish a rivertown to be named Fredericksburg, after Johnson's hometown in Virginia. By 1815, the town plat was complete. The Town extended from the River to Market Street and included 172 numbered lots, each 28 1/2 by 99 feet (30 m).

In 1831, the town was renamed Warsaw. In 1837, the Gallatin County, Kentucky seat was moved from Port William to Warsaw. The oldest home in Warsaw is the Henry Yates House, a home built of log construction was built circa 1809.

In 1868, 80 people died in an Ohio River steamboat collision near Warsaw.

The Warsaw Historic District was created in 1982. Roughly bounded by W. High, E. Franklin, Washington, Market, Main, 3rd, 4th and Cross Streets.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,811 people, 737 households, and 451 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,868.3 people per square mile (720.9/km²). There were 830 housing units at an average density of 856.3/sq mi (330.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.88% White, 4.86% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

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