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Edmonson County is
located on the Green River near the western edge of Mammoth Cave National
Park in south central Kentucky. It is about
75 miles northeast of Nashville, Tennessee, and about 90 miles southwest of
Edmonson County was formed in 1826. As of 2007,
the population was 11,978. The
county is named for
Captain John Edmonson
(1764-1813), a veteran of the
American Revolutionary War
who was killed at the
Battle of Frenchtown
War of 1812. The sale of
alcohol is currently
in Edmonson County.
The county seat is
(population: 921), which is in the Central time zone.
Edmonson County has a total area of 308 square
miles, of which 303 square miles (785 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2)
Recreation is the area keys on Mammoth Cave
National Park, which has perhaps the world's most extensive cave system. Of
course, there are above-ground attractions, such as a surface trail system that
traverses the largest protected natural area in Western Kentucky. The
Nolin and the Green rivers offer recreation
opportunities of their own, and Nolin Lake is a major attraction.
The Green River (shown) flows through
Mammoth Cave National Park and takes its name from its pronounced green color,
which is caused by the river's remarkable depth considering its modest width.
Greenery along the river's edge reflects on the water more noticeably than with
wider streams. The river drains the cave and
controls the master base level of the Mammoth Cave system.
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