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Whitley City, Kentucky
Whitley City, Kentucky

Whitley City, the seat of McCreary county, is near springs on Jenney’s Creek near the center of the county. The settlement known as Coolidge was established early in the nineteenth century because of the springs, including Dripping Spring. It was known as Whitley Depot on the Cincinnati Southern Railway. The town became the county seat when McCreary county was formed in 1912 and was named Whitley City. The precise origins of the names are not known. A Coolidge post office opened in 1880 and was renamed Whitley City in 1912. Whitley City has never been incorporated, although Coolidge may have been. The population of the Whitley City Census Designated Place in 2010 was 1,170.

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