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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

Lyon County, Kentucky

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Lyon County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,314. Lyon County was created on January 14, 1854.The county seat is Eddyville. Lyon county is named for former Congressman Chittenden Lyon.

Etymology - Origin of Lyon County Name

Lyon county is named for Chittenden Lyon (1787-1842), a Congressman and member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.


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Lyon County History

Lyon county was formed in 1854. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. In 2000 the county population was 8,080 in a land area of 215.70 square miles, an average of 37.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Eddyville. Much of Lyon county lies within the Land Between the Lakes.

It is a limited dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in the city of Kuttawa that seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of total sales from food.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 214 square miles (550 km2) is land and 43 square miles (110 km2) (17%) is water.

 Lyon county is located in west Kentucky. Lake Barkley is located in Lyon county, as well as part of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The elevation in the county ranges from 305 to 670 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Crittenden County
  • Northeast: Caldwell County
  • Southeast: Trigg County
  • Southwest: Marshall County
  • Northwest: Livingston County


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