Benham is small Harlan county town on Looney Creek between Cumberland and Lynch. The town was built in 1911 by the Wisconsin Steel Corporation, a part of International Harvester, and named for the Benham Spur, a nearby ridge. Benham was incorporated in 1961. The post office opened in 1900 as Yowell and was renamed Benham in 1911. The population in 2010 was 500.