Barren County

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Barren County, located in the heart of south central Kentucky, was formed in 1799 and is the commonwealth's 13th largest county. Pioneers found the land without the usual, extensive wooded areas and so it looked barren to them in comparison. The area is anything but "barren," as its land and population have been productive in agriculture, commerce, education, medicine, and the military. Voted in 2007 by Progressive Farmer magazine as the "Best Place to Live in Rural America," the county has also produced one of the South's first African American mayors, two governors, renowned musicians, a Pulitzer Prize winner, two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, a major television network president, and a U.S. Air Force general. Countless other citizens, equally productive, proudly call Barren County their home.
ISBN: 9780738585925
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kentucky
Series: Images of America
Images: 225
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Images of America: Barren County includes many never before seen photographs of the area's rich historical culture, its religious and educational institutions, and ordinary family life that showcase why the county remains one of the best places to live in rural America. Nancy Richey, image librarian at Western Kentucky University's Kentucky Library and native of Barren County, uses photographs from the library, civic organizations, and private individuals to create this photographic essay showcasing the historic personality of this area.
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