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Todd County, Kentucky

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Todd County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,460. Its county seat is Elkton. The county is named for Colonel John Todd, who was killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782 during the American Revolution.

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Col. John Todd (1750-1782), Indian fighter who served with George Rogers Clark in Illinois.


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County History

Portions of Christian and Logan counties were taken to organize Todd County. Their more distant populations had demanded "home government," as travel to the county seats of Logan and Christian was arduous. The county was formed in 1820 by the first magisterial court, consisting of members Edward Shanklin, Major John Gray, Robert Coleman, Henry Gorin, John Taylor, H. C. Ewing, John S Anderson, William Hopper, John Mann and Joseph Frazer. The petition was created and the legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky granted the act of legislature, enacting the creation of the county on April 1, 1820.

 It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 405 to 966 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 11,971 in a land area of 376.35 square miles, an average of 31.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Elkton.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 377 square miles (980 km2), of which 374 square miles (970 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Todd County consists of two geographical regions known historically as the high country to the north and low country to the south. The northern highlands consist of steep-sloped sandstone terrain with forests of oak, walnut and poplar. The landscape contains steep bluffs and sharp rises and falls within the terrain. The southern lowlands consist of rolling limestone flatlands void of aquifer sinks and consist of dense but sparse forests of oak, walnut poplar and ash. The historic inhabitants of the region before European encounter were the Iroquoian language-speaking Cherokee, who had migrated centuries earlier from areas around the Great Lakes. They used the lands for hunting and gathering.

Todd County lies within what was originally considered the western portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the original European-American settlers came when the area was still considered part of Virginia. This part of southern Kentucky was designated to be awarded to Virginia veterans of the American Revolutionary War as payment for their services

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Muhlenberg County
  • East: Logan County
  • Southeast: Robertson County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Montgomery County, Tenn.
  • West: Christian County


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