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Harlan County Kentucky


Harlan county was established in 1819 and named after Maj. Silas Harlan (1752-1782), a pioneer and Salt River settler. He also served with Gen. George Rogers Clark. The county seat is Harlan.
Harlan County, Kentucky was formed from Knox County.

County Information



Highlands Rank
Population 32,095 10
Land Area 467 6
Persons Per Mile 71.1 18
High School Grads 58.7% 22
College Graduates 8.9% 24
Home Ownership 73.5% 43
Median Income $18,665 45
Poverty 32.5% 9
Note: There are 51 counties in the Kentucky Highlands. The rankings are from highest to lowest. For example, if a county is ranked 9th in land area it is the 9th largest county in the highlands.


Historical Timeline

1819 Harlan county was established in 1819 and named after Maj. Silas Harlan (1752-1782), a pioneer and Salt River settler. He also served with Gen. George Rogers Clark. The county seat is Harlan. 
1917 U.S. Coal & Coke Company founds Lynch in Harlan County as a model coal town. 
1930 Harlan County Mine Wars begins. 
1931 Harlan County, Kentucky, Miners' Strike Begins 
1934 Coal miners in Harlan County begin a strike that lasts for three years. 
1951 Army First Lieutenant Carl H. Dodd from Harlan County Kentucky was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions near Subuk Korea in January 1951.  More Information
1966 The Harlan Boys Choir is organized by David L. Davies and becomes an internationally known touring choir. 
1992 Blanton Forest an old-growth forest is discovered in Harlan County. 





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Area Information


Wallins Creek   Includes descriptions of the community, recent and historical photos, weekly schedule of local Fellowship Center activities, biographies, guestbook, and a comprehensive collection of related links.
Area Information


City of Lynch, Kentucky   Provides an overview, demographics, a list of services and departments, a directory of businesses, social organizations, and churches, photos, tourism, and contact details.
City & County Guides


City of Benham   Benham, formerly a coal camp, is currently involved in community revitalization. Includes an overview, activities, an online store, photos, and information about the coal mining museum.
City & County Guides


City of Cumberland, Kentucky   Provides a community overview, details of city services and departments, events, tourism, and news.


Political Graveyard: Harlan County, Kentucky   Information on the political history, cemeteries, and memorial sites in the county.


KYGenWeb - Harlan County, Kentucky   Provides links to databases, census and vital records, death certificates, family pages, photos, tombstone images, a list of schools, biographies, and marriage records.


Benham School House Inn   The Inn was built in 1926 by Wisconsin Steel Corporation (later known as International Harvester) as a high school and elementary school for coal camp children.


Kentucky Coal Mining Museum   Description and photos of the museum and collection, plus hours, admission prices, and other information for visitors.


Kingdom Come State Park   With an elevation of 2,700 feet, Kingdom Come is Kentucky’s highest state park. Resting near the Kentucky-Virginia border on the crest of Pine Mountain, the park offers scenic vistas second to none.
School Districts


Harlan County Schools   Contains announcements, curriculum standards, resources for students and teachers, historic photos and individual school links.




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