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West Liberty City

West Liberty City Hall is located at 565 Main Street, West Liberty, KY 41472; phone: 606-743-3330.

Beginnings [1]

Although the location of the Morgan County county seat was at first a matter of considerable controversy among the local citizenry, the issue was resolved by the fall of 1825 when the county court appointed commissioners to let the building of the first courthouse at West Liberty.

West Liberty is situated in a roughly triangular bottomland formed by the mouth of the Long Branch as it empties into the Licking River, one of the main arteries that drains the eastern portion of central Kentucky and descends northward toward the Ohio River where it debouches between Newport and Covington, Kentucky, opposite Cincinnati, Ohio. The still fairly small town is located on the east bank of the Licking River, north of the present southwestward course of the Long Branch, between modest hills to the north and south. Across the river to the west, the town is enclosed by an almost straight bluff running north-south. The main commercial streets lie approximately along this north-south line of the Licking River. West Liberty forms a junction of roads that lead to other county seats: U.S. Route 460 west to Frenchburg in Menifee County; Route 7 north to Sandy Hook in Elliott County and southeast to Salyersville in Magoffin County; and Route 172 east and south to Paintsville in Johnson County.

  1. W. Lynn Nickell, Chairman, Citizens for the Preservation of the Morgan County Courthouse, Morgan County Courthouse, West Liberty, KY, nomination document, 1976, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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