Corinth, Kentucky

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Corinth is a city in Grant, Harrison, and Scott Counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 181 at the 2000 census[4]. Despite being in a dry county, sales by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners are allowed.

The Grant County portion of Corinth is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Scott County portion is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The small Harrison County portion of the city is not part of any metropolitan or micropolitan area.



The Corinth community began in the late 1820's with the founding of Corinth Christian Church, but, the post office was not established until 1868[1]. The town most likely got its name from the church[5]. In 1871, the church relocated to a new site, and in 1873-74 and new church was built replacing the log church. Until 1876, much of Corinth was in Owen County. In 1876, it was transferred to Grant County[1]. In 1878, Corinth was incorporated by the Kentucky State Legislature, which, in the same year, chartered the Corinth Academy. In 1890, the first of four fires occurred. The salvage of the train depot and three residences is credited to a passing train's boiler water[1]. The fires of 1904 and 1914 were on a similar scale. The Corinth basketball team won the 1930 state and national championships[6]. In 1933, another fire destroyed much of the central business district, but help from other fire departments contained the fire[1]. Much of the destruction was caused by lack of water. Steps to minimize this were taken in 1986 with the creation of the Corinth Water District. In 1995, the city obtained a Grant/Loan package to establish a water treatment plant in Corinth[1].

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