Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
City
Front Street
Front Street
Nickname(s): "Star City of Eastern Kentucky"
Location of Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Location of Prestonsburg in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Prestonsburg is located in Kentucky
Prestonsburg
Prestonsburg
Location in Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°40′4″N 82°45′32″W / 37°40′4″N 82°45′32″W / 37.66778; -82.75889
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Floyd
Established January 2, 1818 [1]
Incorporated March 9, 1867 [1]
Named for John Preston, a local landowner
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 •  Mayor Les Stapleton
Area
 • Total 12.9 sq mi (33.4 km2)
 • Land 12.7 sq mi (32.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population ( 2010)
 • Total 3,255
 • Estimate (2016) [2] 3,541
 • Density 256/sq mi (98.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) ( UTC-5)
 • Summer ( DST) EDT ( UTC-4)
ZIP code 41653
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-62940
GNIS feature ID 0501307

Prestonsburg is a home rule-class city [3] in and the county seat of Floyd County, Kentucky, United States. [4] The population was 3,255 at the time of the 2010 census, [5] down from 3,612 at the 2000 census.

History

The area was part of the 100,000-acre (400 km2) grant to the family of Col. John Preston's wife, which he administered on her behalf. The grant was intended to permit British colonization beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains, but subsequent French and Indian resistance and a reversal of British policy limited its impact. The land was not settled until John Spurlock of Montgomery County, Virginia, arrived in 1791. He laid out the town of "Preston's Station" in 1797. [6] It became the seat of Floyd County upon its formation in 1799 and was formally established in 1818. [1] The post office was known as "Floyd Court House" from its establishment in 1816 until the late 1820s, when it was renamed "Prestonsburg". [6]

On January 10, 1862, nearby Middle Creek was the scene of the largest battle of the Civil War to occur in eastern Kentucky. The town was also the site of one of the worst school bus disasters in American history on February 28, 1958.

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