Ferguson, Kentucky

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Ferguson is a city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States, just south of downtown Somerset.



The population was 881 at the 2000 census.

Post Office

The city has always been Ferguson, but the post office was first named Luretha for the postmaster George Wynn's daughter. There was already a post office named Ferguson so they couldn't use that name for the post office. After the original Ferguson post office was closed, the Luretha Post Office was renamed in 1950 for Cincinnati attorney Edward Ferguson, who helped get railroad tracks laid through the community in 1869. Repair shops for the steam engines of Southern Railroad were built here in 1906. They remained in service and were a major economic asset to the community until after WWII. These shops were permanently closed as the switch over to diesel engines occurred.


Ferguson School opened in 1910 for grades 1-12 to serve the children of the town and the rural area just south and east. The high school fluctuated in enrollment from 100 to 150. The high school closed in 1968 and the elementary school in 1978.[1] The property that was formerly the school is now the Ferguson Park, and the buildings house community center offices and recrreational facilities. Ferguson students now attend Pulaski County High School.


Ferguson is located at 37°4′1″N 84°36′0″W / 37.06694°N 84.6°W / 37.06694; -84.6 (37.066845, -84.599953).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 881 people, 360 households, and 249 families residing in the city. The population density was 504.6 people per square mile (194.4/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 227.4/sq mi (87.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.62% White, 1.02% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.45% Asian, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

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