Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Hopkinsville Business Signs

Hopkinsville is a home-rule class city located in the southwest portion of the present-day U.S. state of Kentucky.  Prior to incursions by those of European ancestry, this area had been inhabited by native peoples such as the Shawnee for thousands of years.  As for Hopkinsville, Kentucky itself, its land was claimed by Bartholomew Wood in 1796 in a grant for his service during the American Revolutionary War.  Originally called “Elizabeth,” after Wood’s daughter, the town was forced to change its name after another town in the state was called Elizabeth.  Hopkinsville, Kentucky was officially established in 1804.  It was named after veteran and state representative Samuel Hopkins of Henderson County.  Hopkinsville, Kentucky would not be officially incorporated into a city until 1853.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Hopkinsville, Kentucky has a total population of 31,811 people.  Additionally, Hopkinsville, Kentucky is considered part of the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.  According to a 2007 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, this metropolitan area has a total population of 261,816.  This makes the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area the 169th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Hopkinsville has the great honor of serving as the headquarters and location for the primary manufacturing facility for Ebonite International, one of the oldest and largest bowling ball manufacturers in the world.  Otherwise, according to Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the area is Walmart, responsible for 875 local jobs.  Jennie Stuart Medical Center comes in a close second, employing 850 locals, while Western State Hospital comes in third, employing 776 people.

Western State Hospital which was originally established in 1854 as the Western Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, is still an inpatient center for the treatment of mental illness.  Not only that, but Western State Hospital is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Additionally, Hopkinsville, Kentucky is also home to Trail of Tears Park, itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Trail of Tears Park commemorates the role Hopkinsville, Kentucky played as a stop along the Trail of Tears, a genocidal atrocity enacted upon the Cherokee people by the U.S. government.  Trail of Tears Park features both a museum and a burial ground.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky is also famous for being the site of the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter in 1955.  Supposedly, five adults and seven children “claimed that small alien creatures from a spaceship were attacking their farmhouse and they had been holding them of with gunfire ‘for nearly four hours.’”  Interestingly, this event became the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Sci-Fi horror film Night Skies, which was never made, but parts of it were cannibalized into ideas and concepts found in Poltergeist and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky is home to only one sporting franchise of note.  In 2012, Ohio Valley League added the Hoptown Hoppers to their ranks.  The Hoppers are named after the former K.I.T. League Hoppers, active up until the middle of the 1970s.

Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Hopkinsville, Kentucky area?  Have you thought about starting up such an endeavor?  If you choose to do so, these resources listed below could help guide you:

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