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Harlan County Kentucky
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Harlan county is located in far southeastern Kentucky on the border Kentucky on the border with Virginia. Settlement began by 1782 and the county was formed in 1819 and named for Silas Harlan, a pioneer. The county seat is Harlan. Several mountains run through the county, including Pine and Black. The highest point in Kentucky is on Black Mountain just outside Lynch. Coal mining and logging have long been the principle industries in the county and several of its towns, including Lynch and Benham, began as mining camps.  Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve, perhaps the largest tract of old-growth forest in the state, is also located in the county. 

The town of Harlan is located at the forks of the Cumberland River. It was settled beginning around 1796 and was known as Mount Pleasant, for a local Indian mound, when it became the seat of the new county in 1819. The post office opened in 1828 as Harlan Court House, was known as Spurlock, for the postmaster, in the early 1860s, and was renamed Harlan in 1865. The population in 1990 was 2,686.

Harlan County County Courthouse
First & Central Streets
Harlan, KY 40831 
(606) 573-2600 FAX: (606) 573-2600 
 

Harlan County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1498
Harlan, KY 40831

Harlan Heritage Seekers
PO Box 853
Harlan, KY 40831
 

LIBRARIES

Harlan County Public Library 
     107 North Third Street 
     Harlan, KY  40831-2394 
     606-573-5220    FAX: 606-573-5220 

Rebecca Caudill Public Library 
     310 West Main Street 
     P.O. Box 1244 
     Cumberland, KY  40823-2335 
     606-589-2409    FAX: 606-589-2409
 
 
 

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