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Catlettsburg is a city in Boyd County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,960 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Boyd CountyGR6. Boyd County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Boyd County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ...


Catlettsburg is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. Since 1990, it has prospered due to its location on U.S. Highways 23 & 60, major regional arteries, with major commercial developments on the southern end of the city. Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... Motto: A proud past. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ...

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History

Early history

A post office was opened at this location in 1808 as Mouth of Sandy, Ky. It was incorporated as a city in 1858 as Catlettsburg, named after local landowner Horatio Catlett. The Catlett name still appears on a water tributary to the Ohio River, Catlett's Creek, which is followed out of town by Ky. Route 168 to the east.


The original Catlett home built as a log cabin in 1808, is still standing on a wooded hillside at 2600 Walnut Street. It was later remodeled by the wealthy Patton family, and the addition of slave quarters were added to the palatial estate.


Modern history

At the turn of the 20th century, Catlettsburg was the largest hard wood timber market in the world, due to its location at the confluence of the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers. Its population has declined considerably since then, once nearing 10,000 residents, but still serves as a trade center for eastern Boyd County and has a Zip Code population of 11,000, which is more reflective of the community's size. Long time businesses in the city still operating today are Bowling's Feed and Hardware(65 years), Craycraft's Foodland Market (57 years), Merdie Boggs (45 years), Kentucky Farmers Bank, and the Kilgore and Collier Funeral Home(135 years). In 1997, the Catlettsburg Youth and Family area resource group was founded by local 4-H director Suellen Brown Zornes. The name was later changed to the Catlettsburg Development Club and later Main Street. It can be credited with the development of the flood wall murals and many other improvements throughout the city. The flood wall was built in 1951 to alleve the city of constant flooding and claimed many neighborhoods, reducing the city's population.


US Route 23 was widened and re-routed around the central business district in 1969, which further caused the downtown area to decline. US Route 60 remained as the major throughofare downtown until November 1990, when it was rerouted along the US-23 corridor. A new bridge was completed in 1987 to Kenova, WV. across the Big Sandy River. U.S. Highway 23 is a long north-south U.S. highway between Mackinaw City, Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida. ... United States Highway 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles (4,300 km) from Virginia to Arizona. ...


Catlettsburg is also home to Billy C. Clark, nationally recognized novelist, who published numerous books including "Goodbye Kate" in which had its rights sold to the Walt Disney Co.


The topography of the city is a combination of low-lying narrow flat lands and steep rock cliffs, which has hindered the city's growth, but serves as a scenic addition to the city. Historic buildings dating from various eras compose the structural base of the city, mainly centered in the downtown area.


The downtown business district received additional blows in addition to the highway re-routings, when the Federal Courthouse was relocated to Ashland, Kentucky in 1985, and then when the U.S. Post Office was relocated to a new facility on U.S. 23, reducing traffic counts downtown. Motto: A proud past. ...


About the area

The Boyd County Courthouse in Catlettsburg
The Boyd County Courthouse in Catlettsburg

Catlettsburg is located in the northeast corner of Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers. It is considered part of the Kentucky/West Virginia/Ohio Tri-state area. The two most significant landmarks in Catlettsburg are the flood wall and the Catlettsburg Refinery. The latter is owned by Marathon Petroleum Company (formerly Ashland, Inc., then Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC). The refinery is somewhat unique within the company because it produces a wide variety of petroleum products. Many MAP refineries, such as the one in Garyville, produce only two or three. Image File history File links BoydCourthouse. ... Image File history File links BoydCourthouse. ... Confluence of Rhine and Mosel at Koblenz In geography, a confluence describes the point where two rivers meet and become one, usually when a tributary joins a more major river. ... The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. ... The Big Sandy River is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 28. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... There are a number of places in the United States known as tri-state areas where three states meet at one point or in close proximity to each other. ... Marathon Petroleum Company is a fully owned, American subsidiary of the Marathon Oil Corporation. ... Ashland, Inc is a transportation construction, chemical, and petroleum company providing innovative products, services and solutions. ... Garyville is a census-designated place located in St. ...


In 1937, a large snowfall and subsequent rainfall in the mountains of West Virginia swept massive amounts of water into the Ohio River. Catlettsburg was completely inundated with water from this runoff, and what would later be called the "1937 Flood" convinced Ashland, Ironton, Catlettsburg and Russell that they needed permanent flood protection. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto: A proud past. ... Ironton is a city in Lawrence County, Ohio, along the Ohio River. ... Russell is a city located in Greenup County, Kentucky. ...


Geography

Location of Catlettsburg, Kentucky

Catlettsburg is located at 38°24′59″N, 82°36′10″W (38.416273, -82.602762)GR1. Image File history File links KYMap-doton-Catlettsburg. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 km² (1.6 mi²). 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is land and 1.0 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (22.42%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,960 people, 827 households, and 519 families residing in the city. The population density was 591.2/km² (1,528.8/mi²). There were 959 housing units at an average density of 289.3/km² (748.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.16% White, 1.12% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.10% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 827 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $24,167, and the median income for a family was $34,118. Males had a median income of $26,683 versus $24,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,682. About 15.1% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable People

- Charles Manson


Education

Boyd County Public Schools Boyd County Public Schools is a school district based in Boyd County, Kentucky. ...


See also

This is a list of cities, towns and communities along the Ohio River in the United States. ...

External links

  • Catlettsburg Homepage: http://www.catlettsburg.com - Note this site is dead or does not work
  • Catlettsburg Refinery: http://www.mapllc.com/about/catlettsburg.html
  • Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 38.416273° -82.602762°
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Catlettsburg, Kentucky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (574 words)
Catlettsburg is located in the northeast corner of Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers.
Catlettsburg was completely inundated with water from this runoff, and what would later be called the "1937 Flood" convinced Ashland, Ironton, Catlettsburg and Russell that they needed permanent flood protection.
Catlettsburg is also the birthplace of the serial killer Charles Manson.
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