Russellville is a city in
and the county seat of Logan
County, Kentucky, United States.
The population was 7,149 at the 2000 census
. It is named for
General William Russell
, a Revolutionary
War soldier and frontier leader.
The bank robbed by the James' gang in
Russellville in 1868, now used as a residence
Between the first settlers about 1790
town's incorporation in 1798
, Russellville was
called Cook's Station, Logan Court House, Rogues’ Harbour, and Big
Boiling Spring. Settlers chose the name Russellville to honor
general William Russell
of the American Revolutionary
. It is the county seat of Logan
County, one of Kentucky's original
Several homes in the downtown area are on the
During the Civil War
sympathizers met in the city in the Russellville Convention
, to create a
in Kentucky. The state did not officially secede, but this group
tried to run an alternate government and was recognized by the
Before Jesse James joined his gang, its early members robbed the
Southern Deposit Bank in Russellville on March
. A bank on Russellville's city
square has a large mural in the lobby depicting the robbery. The
town arranges a reenactment of the robbery (a play on horseback)
during the Tobacco and Heritage Festival.
Russellville is located at (36.842601, -86.892661) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
10.6 square miles
), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 7,149
people, 3,064 households, and 1,973 families residing in the city.
The population density
people per square mile (259.4/km²). There were 3,458 housing units
at an average density of 325.1/sq mi (125.5/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 78.64% White
18.62% African American
, 0.36% Asian
from other races
and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos
race were 1.58% of the population.
There were 3,064 households out of which 27.4% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples
living together, 17.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families.
32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.
The age distribution was 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to
24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65
years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100
females there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and
over, there were 79.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,647, and the
median income for a family was $31,448. Males had a median income
of $27,529 versus $20,032 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$15,654. About 17.1% of families and 23.0% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 37.0%
of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.
Notable natives and residents
- Terrence W. Wilcutt, NASA astronaut
- John J. Crittenden, U.S. Attorney General,
Kentucky Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative
- Thomas L. Crittenden, Civil War general
- George B. Crittenden, Civil War general
- Bubba Wells, former NBA player
- Jim Price, former
- Mark Thompson , MLB player
Stockdale, former governor of Texas
- Elijah Hise, former United States Representative
- Finis McLean, former United States
Representative from Kentucky
- Elijah Hise
Norton, former United States Representative from Missouri
- Otis Key, Harlem Globetrotter
- Presley O'Bannon, Marine Corps
- Athena Cage, recording artist,
producer, and songwriter
- Alice Allison Dunnigan,
first black female correspondent for Congress and the White