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Eddyville, Kentucky
Eddyville, Kentucky

Eddyville, the seat of Lyon county, was settled around 1798 and named for the eddies in the nearby Cumberland River. It became the seat of Livingston county when it was formed in 1799, then the seat of Caldwell county in 1809, and finally the seat of Lyon county when it was formed in 1854. Starting in 1959 the town was moved about three miles north to its current site to make room for the new Lake Barkley. Eddyville was incorporated in 1812. The Eddyville post office opened in 1801. The population in 2010 was 2,554.

Photo of the Lyon County Courthouse
The Lyon County Judicial Center completed in 2000. It sits in front of the 1960 courthouse that was built when the town was relocated.

The Kentucky State Penitentiary was built just outside of the original town of Eddyville in 1886. It is still in operation as a maximum security prison and has about 856 inmates.


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