Morehead, the seat of Rowan county, is located on Triplett Creek. Settlers arrived by the early part of the nineteenth century and a post office opened there as Triplett in 1817. The city of Morehead was founded in 1856, when Rowan county was formed, and named for James T. Morehead, a governor of Kentucky. Morehead was incorporated in 1869. The population in 2010 was 6,845.
Morehead is the home of Morehead State University.
The circa 1899 Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead is now the Rowan County Arts Center.
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