Kentucky has one hundred and twenty counties, third in the US behind
Texas's (254) and Georgia's (159.) Washington County was the first county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood, and the sixteenth county formed
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BallardCounty is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 8,249. Ballard County was
created on February 15, 1842. The countyseat is
Wickliffe. The county is named for Captain Bland
Ballard, a soldier, statesman, and member of the Kentucky General
Ballard County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Ballard County Name
The county is named for Bland W. Ballard (1761-1853), Indian fighter and scout for General
George Rogers Clark; fought in the War of 1812; Kentucky legislator. One of
those honored after the Battle of River Raisin.
Ballard county was formed in 1842. It is located in the Jackson Purchase region of the state. The elevation in the
county ranges from 285 to 495 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 8,286 in a land area of 251.16
square miles, an average of 33.0 people per square mile. The county seat is Wickliffe.
On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county's early records. The county seat was
transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 274 square miles (710 km2), of which 247 square miles (640 km2) is land
and 27 square miles (70 km2) (9.9%) is water.
Ballard county is located in west Kentucky. Axe Lake Swamp State
Nature Preserve is a 458 acres nature preserve located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Northeast: Massac County, Ill.
East: McCracken County
South: Carlisle County
Southwest: Mississippi County, Mo.
Northwest: Alexander County, Ill.; Pulaski County, Ill.
Morris E. Crain, Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during WWII.
Kenny Rollins, an American basketball player who was a member of the University of Kentucky's "Fab Five" who won the 1948 NCAA
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Oscar Turner (1825-1896), State Senator, U. S. Representative and namesake of Oscar, Kentucky.