Richmond, Kentucky

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Richmond is a home rule-class city located at the heart of the present-day U.S. state of Richmond.  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 Richmond, Kentucky itself, however, the city was founded in 1798 by Colonel John Miller.  Colonel Miller hailed from Virginia, and he was a British American who had served on the American side during the American Revolutionary War.  He named his city after Richmond, Virginia, where he’d been born.  Richmond, Kentucky was officially incorporated in 1809.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Richmond, Kentucky has a total population of 34,652 people.  This makes it the third-largest city in the Bluegrass region (after Louisville and Lexington) and also Kentucky’s sixth-most populous city.  Richmond, Kentucky is also considered the principal city in the Richmond-Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area.  According to a 2009 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Richmond-Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area had a total population of 99,762 people.  This Micropolitan Statistical Area includes such incorporated places as Richmond, Berea, Brodhead, Livingston, and Mount Vernon.

Recently, Richmond, Kentucky has had both a residential and commercial boom, which is related to similar development all along the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.  However, possibly the city’s most famous attraction has also been there for quite a long period of time.

The present-day site of Eastern Kentucky University was first founded in 1874 as Central University.  However, this university was soon consolidated with Centre College.  Subsequently, in 1906, “the Kentucky General Assembly…enacted legislation establishing the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School No. 1” on this side.  In 1922, this school’s name was officially changed to Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College.  It was officially renamed to Eastern Kentucky University in 1966.

Today, Eastern Kentucky University has an endowment of $60,725,631, with 16,881 students enrolled into its various programs in total.  This regional comprehensive institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and “offers more than 40 online undergraduate and graduate options.”

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who play in NCAA Division I (FCS) Ohio Valley Conference, have won 20 football conference championships, appeared in the Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament seven times, and have also won 12 Ohio Valley Men’s Golf Team Conference Championships, spanning from 1975 all the way to 2015.

Richmond, Kentucky also features various landmarks such as the Glyndon Hotel.  This hotel originally opened in 1889, and after a fire destroyed its first building, it opened in its current location again in 1892.  Glyndon, for those unaware, means ‘haven of rest’ in Danish.

The majority of Richmond, Kentucky’s high rises, however, are located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.  These high rises include Commonwealth Hall, which stands at 20 stories, Keene Hall, which stands at 16 stories, Telford Hall, which stands at 13 stories, and Todd and Dupree Halls, which both stand at 12 stories.

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