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Versailles, Kentucky
Versailles, Kentucky

Versailles, founded in 1792, is the Woodford county seat. The area was once known as Falling Spring, but the town was named to honor General Marquis de Lafayette. It is at the junction of US 60 and US 62 and near the Bluegrass Parkway. Versailles was incorporated in 1837. The Versailles post office opened in 1801. The population in 2010 was 8,568.

Just northeast of Versailles on Big Sink Road is the remnant of a meteorite impact crater about a mile wide. It was long thought to be a large sinkhole, but faulting around the structure indicates that it is an astrobleme. It is estimated to be about 440 million years old. Similar, but larger and much more prominent structures, can be seen in Kentucky at Jeptha Knob and the Middlesboro basin.


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