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Letcher County Kentucky History and Genealogy


Letcher county was the 95th in order of formation and was established in 1842 out of parts of Perry and Harlan Counties and was named in honor of the then governor Robert P. Letcher. It is situated in the extreme eastern section of the state on the head waters of the Kentucky river and is bounded north by Perry and Floyd, east by Floyd and Pike counties and the Virginia state line, south by Harlan and west by Perry. The face of the country is hilly and mountainous with the Cumberland and Black mountains bordering the southeast while the Pine mountain passes through a portion of the county. The soil is medium producing to the 25 to 50 bushels of corn and 20 to 40 of wheat to the acre. The principal exports are cattle, hogs, ginseng and wool. Whitesburg is named after C. White, a member of the legislature when the county was formed and is the county seat. The population is about 125.  Partridge and Stony Gap are post offices.

From “Collins Historical Sketches of Kentucky.” 1874 edition



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