Burnside, Kentucky

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Burnside is a city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 637 at the 2000 census. In 2005, Burnside became the only town in Pulaski County to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in qualified establishments. Since then, Burnside annexed several miles of shoreline along Lake Cumberland in order to include Lee's Ford Marina, allowing it to sell alcohol.

On August 28, 2007 Burnside voters once again passed the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in restaurants. The final tally was 227-104 in favor of the sale of alcohol in restaurants that seat at least 100 people and derive at least 70% of the total gross receipts from the sale of food. This vote was started by two Pulaski County clergymen in an attempt to reverse Burnside's "moist" status.



The community was originally settled at the juncture of the Cumberland River and the South Fork River. It was called Point Isabele, allegedly for a woman who jumped off a nearby cliff after breaking off a relationship. In 1890, the town was renamed for American Civil War General Ambrose Burnside who established a camp there during the war.

Burnside was a center for shipping by rail and steamboat packet. Its lumber mills sent products around the world. The town boasted retail stores, saloons, a post office, restaurants, churches, a bank, hotels, and even Burnside Academy - the first Wesleyan preparatory school in the state.

In the early 1950s the entire town was relocated to higher ground for the impounding of Lake Cumberland. The town had once been a thriving community.

American author Harriette Simpson Arnow was known for her book The Dollmaker. She lived in Burnside as a child.

Burnside is believed to be home to the first Boy Scout troop in the United States. In 1908, two years before the Boy Scouts of America was officially organized, Mrs. Myra Greeno Bass organized a local troop of 15 boys, using official Boy Scout materials she had acquired from England. A sign at the edge of town declares Burnside "Birthplace of Boy Scouts of America", and an official state historical society marker commemorates the troop.[citation needed]


Burnside is located at 36°59′24″N 84°36′13″W / 36.99°N 84.60361°W / 36.99; -84.60361 (36.990039, -84.603486)[1].

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