Edmonson County Courthouse in Brownsville
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 12, 1825|
|Named for||John Edmonson|
|• Total||308 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Land||303 sq mi (780 km2)|
|• Water||5.1 sq mi (13 km2) 1.7%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||40/sq mi (20/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Edmonson County is a county located in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,161. Its county seat is Brownsville. The county was formed in 1825 and named for Captain John "Jack" Edmonson (1764–1813), who was killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812. This is a dry county where the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
Edmonson County was established on January 12, 1825 from land given by Grayson, Hart and Warren counties. A courthouse built in 1873 replaced a former structure rendered unfit when its floor collapsed.
- Grayson County (north)
- Hart County (east)
- Barren County (southeast)
- Warren County (southwest)
- Butler County (west)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,644 people, 4,648 households, and 3,462 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15/km2). There were 6,104 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (7.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.39% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,648 households, out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 males there were 92.50 females. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 89.33 females.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,413, and the median income for a family was $31,843. Males had a median income of $26,770 versus $17,158 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,480. About 14.20% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over.
There are currently five public schools operating as part of the Edmonson County School System. They are Kyrock Elementary (in the Kyrock community in northern Edmonson County), South Edmonson Elementary (near the Chalybeate community in southern Edmonson County), the Edmonson County Fifth/Sixth Grade Center, Edmonson County Middle School, and Edmonson County High School (all in Brownsville).
There are two main routes that form the major transportation corridors through Edmonson County.
KY 70 is the primary west to east route, traversing the width of the county.
KY 259 enters Edmonson County at the border with Grayson County, near the town of Bee Spring. The highway continues on, bridging the Green River (the only bridge over the river in Edmonson County), before intersecting with KY 101. KY 259 then branches off in a southeastern direction while KY 101 continues as the main north–south route through the county, exiting into Warren County just south of the community of Chalybeate.
Additionally, KY 185 is a north–south route connecting Bowling Green with points in Grayson County and points north which lie between. I-65 passes through the southeastern tip of the county, but has no interchanges allowing access to the road. I-65 parallels the older US 31W, which runs through a small southeastern portion of the county.
The biggest tourist attraction in Edmonson County is Mammoth Cave National Park, which usually draws almost 2 million visitors a year. The park includes in its area roughly a fourth of the county.
Edmonson County is served by a weekly newspaper, the Edmonson News. The paper is sometimes referred to by its nickname, "the Gimlet", and carries the slogan "It Bores In". The paper has a circulation number of 3,704.
The unincorporated community of Wingfield, in southwestern Edmonson County, is home to the transmitting tower of Antenna TV and MyNetworkTV affiliated low-powered television station WCZU-LD Channel 39 (since 2014), and adult hits-formatted radio station WKLX-FM 100.7 Sam FM, although both the television and radio stations operate outside of Edmonson County.
Additionally, Edmonson County is also served by an online news website, Edmonson Voice. It is a multimedia platform that operates as a combination of an online newspaper, a streaming broadcaster, and video report provider. The company serves as the main media outlet in the county with a weekly readership of over 23,000.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Department has been featured on A&E Television's "Live PD". Most recently in 2017 and 2018, Edmonson County was one of two main locations where two faith-based films, The Prayer Box and Christmas Manger, were filmed.
Volunteers have digitized and created a repository of video related to Edmonson County High School on YouTube. The archive contains a variety of media, including graduation ceremonies, proms, and athletic events.
- Edmonson County Lions Club Fair - early September (including a parade that takes place in downtown Brownsville on the second Friday of September), one of the longest-running county fairs in the state.
- Nolin Fest (July or August) - at Nolin Lake State Park, organized by the Friends of Nolin Lake.
- Annual Saddle Club Horse Show - Edmonson County Fairgrounds
- Freedom Fest (late June) at the Chalybeate Sports Complex
- Joe Blanton, Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but spent most of his childhood and young adult life in Edmonson County on Otter Gap Road.
- Ben Helson, a guitarist for Dierks Bentley, is a native of the Chalybeate community.
- Edmonson County High School
- Mammoth Cave National Park
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Edmonson County, Kentucky
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- Edmonson County, Kentucky map Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
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- Rabinowitz, Michelle (2007-03-06). "Who's Joining The Army? Lots Of Rural Kids - Election 2012 News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "Stats". The Edmonson Voice. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
- "Official Movie Trailer For The Prayer Box Shot in Edmonson County". EdmonsonVoice.com. September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- French, Jackson (December 10, 2018). "Edmonson-filmed movie starring Tara Reid gets local screening Sunday". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Edmonson County official website
- Edmonson County Schools website
- Edmonson County Tourist Commission
- Civil War in Edmonson County
- The Kentucky Highlands Project
- Mammoth Cave NPS Site
- Nolin Lake State Park Site