Owen County, Kentucky
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Owen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,841.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21101.html )〕 Its county seat is Owenton.〔(【引用サイトリンク】accessdate=2011-06-07 )〕 The county is named for Colonel Abraham Owen. It is a prohibition or dry county, with the exception of a winery (Elk Creek Vineyards) that is authorized to sell its product to the public, and limited sales within the incorporated city limits of Owenton.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.owentonnewsherald.com/content/voters-approve-alcohol-drink-owenton )〕
== History ==
Numerous Native American burial mounds were located in Owen County.〔Klebe, John E. The Kentucky Encyclopedia https://books.google.com/books?id=CcceBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA700&lpg=PA700&dq=owen+county+native+americans&source=bl&ots=9l2XwKZuBV&sig=BzYIMmg04WsZpeUgISoagIg0Ulc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oW5vVfyTLcP3oAStiYCIBw&ved=0CF8Q6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q=owen%20county%20native%20americans&f=false〕 Many pioneers made their homes on land grants along the many streams which flow through the county.
Owen County was formed as the 63rd county by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and approved February 6, 1819.〔Acts of 1818-1819 Chapter 287 page 702 http://www.myowencountyky.com/owen-county-history/〕 It was formed from the counties of Franklin, Scott, Gallatin, and Pendleton. Hesler (Heslerville) was the first county seat. Owen County was named after Abraham Owen, an Indian fighter and Kentucky legislator, who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Colonel Owen also surveyed and mapped the region that became Owen County.〔 On November 16, 1820, the legislature passed another act which restored to Franklin County part or all of what was taken from it under the 1819 act. To compensate for this, the legislature took some more land from Gallatin County and gave it to Owen by act dated December 26, 1820.〔 Therefore, Hesler was no longer in the center of the county. Accordingly, on January 15, 1822, the county court ordered that the seat of justice be removed to land owned by Andrew Parker, James Hess, and William H. Forsee. The town Owenton was developed. Court was held at the new county seat on February 11, 1822.〔
In 1844, after Kentucky began to construct locks and dams on the Kentucky River, packet boats on regular trips between Frankfort and Louisville made stops in Owen County at Monterey, Moxley, Gratz, and other towns. New Liberty was founded before 1800 and was the site of one of the first churches.〔
In the 1870s, Owen County produced Willis Russell, whose life story offers a harrowing account of Russell fighting against the Ku Klux Klan during the rise of violence against Black folks, and their white allies, after the Civil War, during Reconstruction.
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