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Corbin, Kentucky
Corbin, Kentucky

Corbin, the largest city in Whitley county, is on Lynn Camp Creek on the northeastern edge of the county, extending into Knox county. It is about 17 miles north of Williamsburg. It began as Lynn Camp, named for William Lynn, around 1800. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad arrived in 1882 and the town was also known as Lynn Camp Station. It was renamed Corbin, for local minister the Rev. James Corbin Floyd, in 1885. Corbin became a major rail center and the population exceeded 8,000 in 1930.

Corbin was incorporated in 1902.

The first post office at the site opened in 1883 as Cummins, in honor of Nelson Cummins, a town founder. It was renamed Corbin in 1885.

The population in 2020 was 7,788.


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