Morehead, Kentucky


Morehead, Kentucky
Morehead, Kentucky
—  City  —
Rowan County courthouse in Morehead
Location of Morehead, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°11′1″N 83°26′28″W / 38.18361°N 83.44111°W / 38.18361; -83.44111Coordinates: 38°11′1″N 83°26′28″W / 38.18361°N 83.44111°W / 38.18361; -83.44111
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Rowan
Area
 - Total 9.3 sq mi (24.0 km2)
 - Land 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Population (2010)
 - Total 6,845
 - Density 640.8/sq mi (247.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40351
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-53418
GNIS feature ID 0514051

Morehead is a city of Rowan County, Kentucky, United States located along Interstate 64 and US 60, the historic Midland Trail. The population was 6,845 at the 2010 census. The city is named for Gov. James T. Morehead. It is the county seat of Rowan County[1]. Morehead State University is located here. It was also the focal point of the Rowan County War.

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History

Moonlight School founded in 1911 by Cora Stewart

In the 1880s, Morehead became the central stage for a notorious conflict known as the Rowan County War (aka the Martin-Tolliver-Logan Feud). During a number of skirmishes for the next few years, at least 20 people were killed and possibly 100 were wounded. Beginning with an election-day barroom brawl, several gunfights took place in Morehead and the surrounding countryside. Eventually, a group led by Craig Tolliver seized political control of the town and installed allies in the county Sheriff's office and the county attorney's office as well as the office of town Marshal. Several members of the opposing faction were arrested on trumped-up charges, and some were killed with the faction in power falsely claiming they had resisted arrest. The conflict gained national attention and on two occasions the Governor sent troops to maintain order with little effect. Eventually a posse of as many as 100 individuals was organized and armed by Daniel Boone Logan with the tacit consent of Governor J. Proctor Knott and Governor-elect Simon Bolivar Buckner. In a dramatic two-hour gun battle that took place in the center of Morehead, several Tollivers, including Craig Tolliver were killed and the Tollivers' control of the county was broken. Two men were later held to trial for the murder of Craig Tolliver but were acquitted.[2][3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Morehead has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 km2).

Climate

Climate data for Morehead, Kentucky
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
81
(27)
89
(32)
93
(34)
95
(35)
104
(40)
105
(41)
106
(41)
103
(39)
96
(36)
85
(29)
79
(26)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 41
(5)
47
(8)
57
(14)
67
(19)
76
(24)
84
(29)
88
(31)
87
(31)
80
(27)
69
(21)
57
(14)
47
(8)
66.7
Average low °F (°C) 22
(−6)
24
(−4)
32
(0)
40
(4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
63
(17)
62
(17)
55
(13)
42
(6)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
42.6
Record low °F (°C) −28
(−33)
−19
(−28)
−9
(−23)
16
(−9)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
43
(6)
35
(2)
29
(−2)
13
(−11)
0
(−18)
−24
(−31)
−28
(−33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.40
(86.4)
3.27
(83.1)
4.07
(103.4)
3.91
(99.3)
4.86
(123.4)
4.55
(115.6)
5.60
(142.2)
3.78
(96)
3.23
(82)
3.16
(80.3)
3.47
(88.1)
4.03
(102.4)
47.33
(1,202.2)
Source: The Weather Channel.[4]

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 163
1890 401 146.0%
1900 1,100 174.3%
1910 1,105 0.5%
1920 981 −11.2%
1930 825 −15.9%
1940 1,901 130.4%
1950 3,102 63.2%
1960 4,170 34.4%
1970 7,191 72.4%
1980 7,789 8.3%
1990 8,357 7.3%
2000 5,914 −29.2%
2010 6,845 15.7%
U.S. Census Bureau[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 6,845 people, households, and families residing in the city. The population density was 726.2 people per square mile. There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 253.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 3.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,635 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.9% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.81.

The age distribution, strongly influenced by Morehead State University, is: 15.5% under the age of 18, 34.6% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,014, and the median income for a family was $34,375. Males had a median income of $23,950 versus $19,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,415. About 16.7% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

As of 2000, Rowan County was the home of 25 Evangelical churches, four Mainline Protestant churches, one Catholic Church and one Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) congregation. This represents a net increase of five congregations. Six congregations (all Evangelical) were established between 1990 and 2000, while one (also an Evangelical congregation) closed.[7]

Rowan County is ranked 113th (of 120 counties in Kentucky) in overall rates of adherence, with 249 out of every 1000 residents claimed as an adherent of a religious congregation. 129 of every 1000 residents was claimed by an Evangelical congregation (116th in rank), 50 by a Mainline congregation (91st in rank), 20 by the Catholic Church, and 37 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A small number of other residents belonged to religious groups not represented in one of these categories.[8]

Media

  • The Morehead News[9] - Local newspaper
  • W227AX 93.3 - K-LOVE [10][11] Contemporary Christian radio (FM Translator).
  • WIVY 96.3 - TIMELESS FAVORITES. Local Soft Adult Contemporary format radio station known as "IVY."
  • WMKY 90.3 - Morehead State Public Radio[12] - Personalities include: Stan Ingold, Carolyn Franzini, Sasha Colette, Sandy Knipp and Bob Christian, Michelle Wallace, Paul Hitchcock and Jesse Wells.
  • WQXX 106.1 - Local ROCK radio station known as The Double X. Personalities include: Thunder Dan Griffin, The HitchHiker, Rick Day and Frank "The Tank" Woodward, with news from Steven Stone (anchor)
  • W10BM - Local television station, known for "Buy a Dog, Sell a Hog."

Sister cities

Morehead has city partnerships with the following cities or regions:

  • China Since 1994: Yangshuo, China

Through Sister Cities International, Morehead has one sister city:

See also

References

External links


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