Bowling Green, Kentucky


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Bowling Green is located in the west-central portion of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  What would become Kentucky had historically, from at least 1,000 BC until roughly 1650 AD, been inhabited by Archaic Native American peoples.  However, the “Beaver Wars” depopulated a large swathe of the region.  This region would not be settled again until the arrival of United States citizens, but it was considered sacred warring and hunting grounds by the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Chickasaw peoples.

In 1778, settlers had established McFadden’s Station on the north bank of the Barren River.  In 1794, Robert and George Moore, along with General Elijah Covington, began to build homesteads in the area.  Bowling Green grew out of these homesteads.  The city of Bowling Green was officially incorporated on March 6th, 1798.

As for the town’s name – there is a slight bit of controversy!  Some historians believe it was named after Bowling Green, Virginia or perhaps Robert Moore’s “ball alley game.”  However, the city of Bowling Green believes it was named such during the first county commissioners’ meeting in 1798, “which named the town ‘Bolin Green’ after the Bowling Green in New York City where patriots had pulled down a statue of King George III and used the lead to make bullets during the American Revolution.”

In any case, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau, the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky has a population of 63,616 people.  This would make it the third most populous city in the state of Kentucky.  The Bowling Green metropolitan area, according to that same 2015 estimate, has a total population of 165,732 people.
According to a 2012 census, the population of Myrtle Beach is estimated to be 28,292.  The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, according to a 2013 census, has a population of 465,391.

Bowling Green, Kentucky is home to several major industries.  These industries include a General Motors Manufacturing Plant, Holley Performance Products, Houchens Industries, SCA, Camping World, Mini Mart, Fruit of the Loom, Russell Brands, Bowling Green Metalforming, Halton Company, and the Commonwealth Health Corporation.

Bowling Green, Kentucky’s top employer, however, is Western Kentucky University.  Western Kentucky University, responsible for 4,626 local jobs was established in 1906, and as of 2012 had a $109.9 million endowment.  This public institution, as of the Fall 2011 semester, had 21,048 students enrolled in total.

Bowling Green, Kentucky is also home to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Corvettes have been made since 1981.  In fact, not far away, is the National Corvette Museum.  The National Corvette Museum, which was established in September of 1994, showcases the Chevrolet Corvette (obviously).

As its name might suggest, Bowling Green, Kentucky is home to several golf courses.  These include Crosswinds, Paul Walker, River View, Olde Stone, Bowling Green Country Club, and Indian Hills.  No wonder Forbes named Bowling Green, Kentucky as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in the United States back in 2014!  As for other sporting attractions in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area, Baseball’s Midwest League’s Bowling Green Hot Rods, a farm team of MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, play their home games at Bowling Green Ballpark.  The Bowling Green Hot Rods have one league title to their names.

Do you by any chance own a small business in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area?  Are you considering embarking upon such an endeavor?  These resources may be able to help you accomplish such a task:

Apply for a Business License in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Western Kentucky University Small Business Development Center

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

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