Stearns is a McCreary county town about a mile south of Whitley City. The site was settled about 1840 and known as Hemlock. In 1902 the area was bought by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company which established the town. The Stearns Company controlled about 200 square miles in Kentucky and Tennessee and operated several mines, an electric generation plant, a sawmill, and a railroad. Stearns remained a company-owned town until about 1960. The The Stearns post office opened in 1902. The population in 2010 was 1,416.
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