West Liberty, Kentucky

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West Liberty is a city in Morgan County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 3,277 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Morgan County.[1] It is on the banks of the Licking River at the junction of Kentucky Route 7 and US 460.

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History

By 1816 an early settlement at the town site was called Wells Mills. When Morgan County was founded in 1823, the settlement was incorporated to become the county seat. The town is actually 100 miles east of Liberty, Kentucky - the name "West Liberty" was chosen in the belief that Pikeville, Kentucky would be called "Liberty" when it incorporated.

Three Civil War skirmishes were fought near West Liberty, and much of the town was burned during the war, including the courthouse. It was replaced after the war, and a fourth courthouse was built in 1907.

Landmarks

West Liberty is home to the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex. An extended campus of Morehead State University and University of Kentucky's Regional Technology Center are both located within the town.

The area is also home to Rod and Staff Publishing, the Menonite world headquarters and Bible printing facility, located at Crockett.

Visitors can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest, tailwaters of Cave Run Lake, Paintsville lake and the Licking River.

Geography

West Liberty is located at 37°54′59″N 83°15′41″W / 37.91639°N 83.26139°W / 37.91639; -83.26139 (37.916320, -83.261386)[2]. It is within the state's eastern region foothills, about 20 miles from Cave Run Lake and Daniel Boone National Forest and 15 miles from Paintsville lake.

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