- West Point, Kentucky
official_name = West Point, Kentucky
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map_caption = Location of West Point, Kentucky
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subdivision_type1 = State
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subdivision_name2 = Hardin
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West Point is a city in Hardin County,
Kentucky, United States, near the edge of Fort Knoxmilitary reservation on Dixie Highway. It is located in a former meander bend of the Ohio River. The population was 1,100 at the 2000 census.
West Point is part of the
Elizabethtown, KentuckyMetropolitan Statistical Area
West Point was founded by pioneer James Young, who built a cabin at the site in 1789 and, in 1797, built a brick house and inn that is still standing today. In 1803, Lewis and Clark passed nearby and recruited West Point citizen John Shields to join their Corps of Discovery.
West Point sits at the confluence of the Ohio and Salt Rivers, a strategic position that led Union forces to construct a fort here during the Civil War to protect their supply routes.
Fort Duffieldis the State's largest and best-preserved earthen fortification from the period.
West Point also retains many of its other historic resources, and a large portion of the community is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.
One of the newest preservation projects in West Point is the rehabilitation of the West Point Independent Colored School (1926), one of the "Rosenwald Schools" built by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to educate African-Americans in rural areas. Plans call for using the one-room school as a visitor, educational, and research facility.
West Point also recently commemorated the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's visit with a heritage festival that both celebrated local history and drew heritage tourists. Year-round, Fort Duffield is an important tourist destination, and the city recently secured a grant to fund walking trails at the site.
West Point was a childhood residence of the late
LouisianaGovernor James A. Noe, Sr., a wealthy oilman and landowner.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,100 people, 439 households, and 281 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 408.5 people per square mile (157.9/km²). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 210.2/sq mi (81.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.09% White, 0.64% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.
There were 439 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,792, and the median income for a family was $35,139. Males had a median income of $23,611 versus $18,125 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $13,381. About 15.9% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.3% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.
List of cities and towns along the Ohio River
* [http://www.westpointky.org/ City of West Point Website]
* [http://westpoint.k12.ky.us West Point School]
* [http://www.applegatelanding.com Applegate Landing Bed and Breakfast]
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