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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

Morgan County, Kentucky

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Morgan County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,923. The county was formed on December 7, 1822. The county seat is West Liberty. Morgan county is named for Daniel Morgan, a distinguished general in the American Revolutionary War.

Etymology - Origin of Morgan County Name

General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) Revolutionary War officer and United States congressman.


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Morgan County History

Morgan County was formed on December 7, 1822 from portions of Bath County and Floyd County  The county is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 690 to 1400 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 13,948 in a land area of 381.26 square miles, an average of 36.6 people per square mile. The county seat is West Liberty.

Morgan county is among the dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (990 km2), of which 300 square miles (780 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Morgan county is located in east Kentucky in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountain Range and is made up of beautiful rolling hills and wide valleys along the Grassy, Blackwater, Elk Fork and Caney Creeks as well as the Licking River Valley.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Elliott County; Lawrence County
  • East: Johnson County
  • Southeast: Magoffin County
  • Southwest: Wolfe County
  • West: Menifee County
  • Northwest: Rowan County


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