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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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Estill County, Kentucky

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Estill County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,672. The county was created in 1808. The county seat is Irvine. Estill county is named for Captain James Estill, a Kentucky militia officer who was killed in the Battle of Little Mountain during the American Revolutionary War.

Etymology - Origin of Estill County Name

Estill county is named for Captain James Estill (1750-1782),  a frontiersman and a Kentucky militia officer who was killed in the Battle of Little Mountain during the American Revolutionary War.

Demographics:

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Estill County History

Estill county was formed in 1808. It is located in the Eastern Knobs and Eastern Coal Field regions of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 566 to 1511 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 15,307 in a land area of 253.93 square miles, an average of 60.3 people per square mile. The county seat is Irvine.

 This county is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 256 square miles (660 km2), of which 253 square miles (660 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Estill county is located close to the center of Kentucky. Part of the Daniel Boone National Forest is located in this county. Forty miles of the Kentucky River running through the heart of Estill County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Powell County
  • Southeast: Lee County
  • South: Jackson County
  • West: Madison County
  • Northwest: Clark County

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