Chapman, Lawrence County, Kentucky

The selectable maps and pictures within this page illustrate data about Chapman, Lawrence County, Kentucky. Chapman is a residential hamlet located in Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States on the eastern bank of the Levisa Fork River. It is served by KY Route 2037. A high volume railway line, operated by CSX Transportation, extends through its limits and continues in a southerly direction throughout southeastern Kentucky to western Virginia and points south. Although its location is many miles from the nearest industrial employer, the railroad has served the community as a source of employment. The railroad was first built through the community in 1880 by CSX's predecessor, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. C&O employees who resided in Chapman caught the train as it passed through on its multiple daily runs where they reported to work. Chapman, Kentucky is named after its first settler and prominent landowner David Chapman (1803–1845), a native of Montgomery, West Virginia. Many of Chapman's descendants still reside in the community at this time. Chapmansville, West Virginia, a city located on U.S. Route 119 about forty miles east of Chapman, was established in 1800 by David Chapman's uncle Ned Chapman, as he was its first postmaster and general store operator. The Chapman surname is an anglicized version of the German name Kaufmann, the German word for merchant. David Chapman's ancestors originally emigrated to North America from Kaufmann, Germany. Chapman is located south of Louisa, Kentucky.

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Louisa, Kentucky (9.96 km)

Louisa is a 5th-class city located at the merger of the Levisa and Tug Forks into the Big Sandy River. It is located in Lawrence County, Kentucky, in the United States and is the seat of its county. The population was 2,467 at the 2010 census. History The origin of the city's name is unclear. Theories include that it was named for Louisa County, Virginia, or a corruption of the name of the Levisa or that it was named after Louisa Swetnam, one of the first children born in the area to Europeans. Settlement attempts began as early as 1790 but did not take hold until 1818.

Fort Gay, West Virginia (10.76 km)

Fort Gay is a town in Wayne County, West Virginia, along the Tug Fork and Big Sandy Rivers. The town adjoins Louisa, Kentucky. The population was 705 at the 2010 census. The Fort Gay community traces back to 1789, when 11 people established a settlement at the junction of the Tug and Big Sandy rivers, across from what is now Louisa. In 1875, it was chartered as Cassville; though it was simultaneously known as Fort Gay. In 1932, the town's name was officially changed to Fort Gay.

WFGH (12.44 km)

WFGH is a Variety formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Fort Gay, West Virginia, serving Wayne County in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Kentucky. WFGH is owned and operated by Wayne County Board of Education.

Yatesville Dam (13.08 km)

Yatesville Dam (National ID # KY82201) is a dam in Lawrence County, Kentucky in the far eastern part of the state, close to the town of Louisa. The earthen dam was constructed in 1988 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with a height of 156 feet, and a length of 855 feet at its crest. It impounds Blaine Creek, a tributary of the Big Sandy River, for flood control and storm water management. The dam is owned and operated by the Huntington District, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Army Corps of Engineers.

WZAQ (16.95 km)

WZAQ (92.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian format. Licensed to Louisa, Kentucky, USA, it serves the Huntington, WV / Ashland, KY Metro area. The station is currently owned by Louisa Communications, Inc., and operated under an LMA with IGNITE Media, LLC.

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