Lynch is a Harlan county town on Looney Creek at the foot of Black Mountain about 27 miles northeast of Harlan. It was built by the U.S. Coal and Coke Company, part of United States Steel, in 1917 and named for Thomas Lynch, the company's first president. The population peaked around 10,000 in the 1940s and was the largest coal camp in the world. The town was sold to the residents in the 1950s.
Lynch was incorporated in 1963.
The Lynch Mines post office opened in 1918 and was renamed Lynch in 1922. The population in 2010 was 747.
Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch have been designated Kentucky Trail Towns.
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