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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

Trigg County, Kentucky

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Trigg County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,339. The county was formed in 1820. The county seat is Cadiz. Trigg county is named for Stephen Trigg, a frontier officer in the American Revolutionary War who died in the Battle of Blue Licks.

Trigg County is part of the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Trigg County Name

The county is named for Stephen Trigg, a frontier officer in the American Revolutionary War who died in the Battle of Blue Licks.


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TriggCounty History

Trigg County was formed in 1820 from Christian County and Caldwell County. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state.  In 2000 the county population was 12,597 in a land area of 443.12 square miles, an average of 28.4 people per square mile. The county seat is Cadiz. Much of Trigg county lies within the Land Between the Lakes.

Trigg was a prohibition or dry county until 2009, when the county's voters narrowly approved a referendum to repeal the prohibition on alcohol sales.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 481 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 441 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 40 square miles (100 km2) (8.3%) is water. The elevation in the county ranges from 359 to 813 feet above sea level.

Trigg county is located in west Kentucky. This county borders Tennessee and is located next to Lake Barkley.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Caldwell County
  • Northeast: Christian County
  • South: Stewart County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Calloway County
  • West: Marshall County
  • Northwest: Lyon County


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