2 April 2022
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History of London Kentucky
In the rolling hills of southeastern Kentucky, where the vast Cumberland Plateau gives way to the gentle plains of the Inner Bluegrass region, is London. A colorful town filled with rich history and heritage, its name was taken from the capital of England during a celebration honoring American soldiers that had just returned from fighting in World War I.
Before the city was named in honor of a foreign capital, it was known as Stinking Creek. That's because early settlers noticed that when they traveled along the creek, their horses would always stop and drink from it even though there were other streams nearby. They figured it must be due to a medicinal mineral in the water and named it accordingly. (Later tests revealed that there was indeed a high mineral content in Stinking Creek.) Today, you'll see some vestiges of this original moniker. For example, there's a local high school called Lynn Camp High School-Pride of Stinking Creek.
According to local legend, London got its start when a young man named Levi Jackson found himself lost while hunting turkeys on Stinking Creek. He eventually made his way out of the woods and spotted a cabin owned by one of his friends named Elkins and he decided to stay overnight.
London is a home rule-class city in Laurel County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the principal city of the London Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Laurel and Jackson counties. The population was 7,993 at the 2010 census
The first European settlement was in 1776, when Daniel Boone brought his family to the area of Flat Lick Creek (now a part of neighboring Clay County) after being hired by Richard Henderson to establish a settlement for the Transylvania Company. Boone named the area "Flat Lick" after a spring that bubbled up from what would become downtown London.
In 1799, Colonel Jellison and Jeptha Hogg brought their families to Flat Lick to settle what would become London. In 1801, Jellison moved his family to land near present day downtown London, founded a distillery and built a salt works.
In 1802, Jeptha Hogg sold his interest in the town to Colonel Jellison and moved his family eastward towards Wayne County where he established a ferry business between Monticello and Wayne County along Highway 92.
In 1805, John Rucker started a gristmill on Laurel Creek.
Landmarks in London Kentucky
London is a home rule-class city in Laurel County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 7,993 at the 2010 census. London is the principal city of the London Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Laurel and Clay counties.
The Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is located on U.S. Route 25 approximately 3 miles south of Mount Vernon and 8 miles north of Berea in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The center was founded by John Lair (died 1988), known as "Kentucky's Singing Storyteller". In addition to barn dances and other weekly events, Renfro Valley houses several radio stations that broadcast from its center. The center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
London Dragway is located near London in beautiful Laurel County, KY. The dragstrip features 1/8 mile racing and hosts several events throughout the year including NHRA Pro League Racing and the IHRA Summit Super Series Finals!
House and Museum of William Whitley This property has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. It was originally built in 1786, although it has undergone various renovations over time. It is located at 238 Park Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park This park has a nice lodge for overnight guests, campgrounds for those who want to pitch their own tents or rent one of the cabins, an indoor swimming pool and a restaurant that features local foods such as cornbread and fried green tomatoes.