Edmonson County, KY 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.
According to a 2013 U.S. Census, the county's population was 12,062.
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.
It is one of the few county seats in America that does not have a single standard, three-color traffic light.
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.
Located mostly in the northern part of Edmonson County, the Nolin Lake area was incorporated as a Kentucky State Park in 2001 and offers fishing and other recreational opportunities.
There is only one working ferry in the county, located in Mammoth Cave National Park, the Green River Ferry, also known as "Mammoth Cave Ferry." It connects Maple Springs Ranger Station Road in the park to communities east of Nolin Dam.
There are five public schools in Edmonson County, Edmonson County High School, Edmonson County Middle School, The Edmonson County 5/6 Center, Kyrock Elementary, and South Edmonson Elementary.
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
(sources: Wikipedia, EdmonsonVoice.com, Edmonson County Public Library, Edmonson County Clerk's Office)
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