Russellville, Kentucky

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Russellville is a city in and the county seat of Logan County, Kentucky, United States.[1] The population was 7,149 at the 2000 census. It is named for General William Russell,[2] a Revolutionary War soldier and frontier leader.

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History

Between the arrival of first settlers around 1790 and the town's incorporation in 1798, Russellville was known variously as Cook's Station, Logan Court House, Rogues’ Harbour, and Big Boiling Spring. Settlers decided on the name Russellville to honor war hero General William Russell. It is the county seat of Logan County, one of Kentucky's original counties. Several downtown homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers met in the Russellville Convention and created a Confederate government for Kentucky. Kentucky had previously declared its neutrality and did not officially secede, so the Southern sympathizers formed an alternate government after the state's government had been taken over by Union supporters. This pro-Confederate government was recognized by the Confederacy, which admitted Kentucky to that nation and placed a star for Kentucky on the Confederate flag.

Outlaw Jesse James and his gang robbed the Southern Deposit Bank in Russellville on March 20, 1868. A Russellville bank on the city square has a large mural depicting the hold up. Russellville conducts a reenactment of the robbery (called a "play on horseback") during the annual Tobacco and Heritage Festival.

Geography

Russellville is located at 36°50′33″N 86°53′34″W / 36.8425°N 86.89278°W / 36.8425; -86.89278 (36.842601, -86.892661)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.6 km²), all of it land.

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