Daviess County, Kentucky

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Daviess County, is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the fifty-eighth county in order of formation; formed from a part of Ohio County on January 14, 1815. The county's borders were altered in 1829 to form Hancock County, in 1830 to absorb a small area surrounding Whitesville, in 1854 to cede land to McLean County, and in 1860 to annex forty-four square miles from Henderson County. Daviess County measures 463 square miles (1,200 km2), making it eighteenth in size in the commonwealth.[1] The population estimate for 2008 is 94,418. It is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Owensboro[2]. The county is named for Colonel Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (a recording error in the State Clerk's office accounts for the error in spelling, which was never corrected), the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Aaron Burr.

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Geography

Daviess County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 476 square miles (1,233 km2), of which 462 square miles (1,197 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) is water. The northern half of the county along the Ohio River is relatively flat with a few rolling hills dotting the landscape. The southern portion is considerably different in that it is mostly rolling hills intermixed with flat valleys. The southern portion of the county was, in many cases, mined for coal during the history of the region. Most mining occurred in the rolling hills of the southern half of Daviess County along Panther Creek and other tributaries. Daviess County as a whole, was not as well "known" for its coal mining history like many of the other counties found in the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. Still, it does retain a rather rich history in the industry as more information becomes available to the public.

Distillery/Distilled Spirit Production

Daviess County has long held a reputation as the leading place in the world for the production of distilled spirits, chiefly Kentucky bourbon, since the early 1880s. During the 19th century there were as many as 18 distilleries opearating in Daviess County where today there are just three with one having its roots in Daviess County going back to 1869; the former Glenmore Distillery Company which was originally the R. Monarch Distillery.

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