Letcher County, Kentucky

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Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 25,277. Its county seat is Whitesburg[1]. The county is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky from 1840-44.

It is a dry county that prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery[2] and the city of Whitesburg, which voted on April 17, 2007, to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants which seat at least one hundred people and obtain 70 percent of their revenue from food sales. In the city's first local-option election in more than sixty years, voters approved the measure by more than a 2-to-1 margin.[3]

The killing of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a local landowner in 1967 brought Letcher County to national attention.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 339 square miles (878 km2), essentially all of which is land. Letcher County's natural areas include Bad Branch Falls and the Lilley Cornett Woods.

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