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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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Carlisle County, Kentucky

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Carlisle County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 5,104. The county was created in 1886. The county seat is Bardwell. The county is named for John Griffin Carlisle, a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky.

Etymology - Origin of Carlisle County Name

The county is named for John Griggin Carlisle (1835-1910), United States congressman, Speaker of the House and the Secretary of the Treasury.


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Carlisle County History

Carlisle county was formed in 1886. It is located in the Jackson Purchase region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 283 to 550 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 5,351 in a land area of 192.49 square miles, an average of 27.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Bardwell.

Carlisle County is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 199 square miles (520 km2), of which 189 square miles (490 km2) is land and 9.5 square miles (25 km2) (4.8%) is water.

Carlisle county is located in west Kentucky. The county's western border with Missouri is formed by the Mississippi River. Carlisle county is typically flat with an plenty of fresh water in the many creeks and streams draining into the Mississippi River. The land has sand, gravel, clay, and rich fertile soil.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Ballard County
  • Northeast: McCracken County
  • Southeast: Graves County
  • South: Hickman County
  • West: Mississippi County, Mo.


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