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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

Webster County, Kentucky

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Webster County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,621. Its county seat is Dixon. The county was formed in 1860. Webster county is named for American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852).

Etymology - Origin of Webster County Name

Daniel Webster (1782-1852), United States congressman and senator, and Secretary of State.


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Webster County History

Webster county was formed in 1860. The county is located in the Western Coal Field region of the state.  In 2000 the county population was 14,120 in a land area of 334.75 square miles, an average of 42.2 people per square mile. The county seat is Dixon. The county was mainly pro-Confederate during the American Civil War and was the site several skirmishes and some guerrilla warfare. 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 336 square miles (870 km2), of which 332 square miles (860 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (1.1%) is water. The elevation in the county ranges from 325 to 640 feet above sea level.

 Webster county is located in west Kentucky and is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. The county is characterized by rolling hills and fertile creek bottoms.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Henderson County
  • East: McLean County
  • Southeast: Hopkins County
  • Southwest: Caldwell County; Crittenden County
  • Northwest: Union County


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