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Facts about Carter County

  • Carter County is the 88th county that was formed in Kentucky.
  • Carter County was named for Colonel William Grayson Carter, State Senator 1834-1838.
  • Carter County was created from Greenup and Lawrence Counties.
  • Carter County was noted in early years for five iron furnaces.
  • Carter County clay products industry developed in the late 1800’s.
  • Carter Caves, a major source of salt peter during the War of 1812, has been an important tourist attraction since 1924.