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Letcher County, Kentucky

US county information
NameLetcher County
StateKentucky
SeatWhitesburg
Largest cityJenkins
US Area
Total Area339.12 sq mi (878.3 km2)
Land Area339.04 sq mi (878.1 km2)
Water Area0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Population25277 (2000)
Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Named forRobert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky (1840 1844).
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 25,277. Its county seat is Whitesburg . The county is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky from 1840-44.

It is a dry county that prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery, the city of Whitesburg, and the city of Jenkins.

The killing of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a local landowner in 1967 brought Letcher County to national attention.


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