|City of Eddyville|
|A Small Town with a Rich History and a Bright Future|
|Mr. David Walker, a distinguished Virginian who had served in the Revolutionary War, established the City of Eddyville in 1799. As payment for his service in the war, he received 2,000 acres of land located along the Cumberland River at the present location of "Old Eddyville". Mr. Walker had the area surveyed and laid out building lots and advertised them for sale in the Kentucky Gazette, a Lexington newspaper. This paper fell into the hands of Congressman Matthew Lyon in Washington DC.
Mr. Lyon traveled to the area and purchased many of the town lots, along with another large tract of land and moved his family to the area in 1801 after his term in Congress expired. He quickly applied his knowledge and skill by establishing a large business complex, which included a sawmill, gristmill, paper mill, leather goods and tannery shop, wagon shop and various retail stores. Because of his political connections in Washington, he received government contracts to build boats, and he had one of the finest in the entire Mississippi Valley. In a few short years, Eddyville became the largest center of trade and industry in the lower Cumberland Valley.
Eddyville was also home for Mr. William Kelly, who invented the "Bessemer Process", a process in which cold air is forced through molten iron to produce instant steel. This invention moved the world from the Iron Age into the Steel Age. Eddyville is home to Kentucky State Penitentiary, also known as the "Castle on the Cumberland". It is one of the largest employers in the area.
Eddyville, which was named for the eddies in the Cumberland River, has been the county seat for three different counties: Livingston, Caldwell and Lyon.
In 1937, Eddyville experienced the worst natural disaster in its history, the 1937 flood. Situated right on the banks of the Cumberland River, the majority of the town was flooded for well over a month. When the flood waters receded it left millions of dollars in damages and Eddyville never fully recovered from the disaster.
In the early 1950's, rumors began circulating that the Corp of Engineers was going to build a dam on the Cumberland River to help with the flooding problems and the current town was in turmoil as relocation plans were being considered. Mr. Lee S. Jones, a Lyon County native, purchased farms in the "Fairview" community and he offered any person or business owning land in the old town a free lot at the "New Eddyville" site. On August 28, 1959, Mr. Jones met with residents at the site of the park in new Eddyville and handed out deeds to more than 60 residential lots. Each year on the last Saturday in August, residents gather in the park to celebrate Founder's Day and honor Mr. Jones for his contribution to our community.
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|After Lake Barkley was impounded and Eddyville was relocated to the Fairview area, tourists began making their way into the area for the abundance of fishing and water sports, and tourism remains a major industry in our community today.
In the mid 1980's, Eddyville became home to the West Kentucky Factory Outlet Mall, which at one time had a total of 48 outlet stores, and this helped draw additional businesses into our area. For the first time in Eddyville's history, people could choose their favorite restaurant, motel, clothing store or other places to shop without leaving town.
In 2002, we sold our Industrial Park spec building to Seapac, who plans to add on to the existing structure and open a distribution center, which will add 30 to 45 jobs to the area. Due to our close proximity to I-24 and Western Kentucky Parkway, we hope to acquire additional businesses in the industrial park area. Toward this end, we have joined forces with Caldwell County and plan to hire an Economic Development Director who will work for both counties to scout for industrial prospects for our park.
The City of Eddyville currently owns the Eddyville Riverport Authority, and have a total of three businesses located at the facility: Peavey Grain, Rottgering Marine, and Agri-Port Terminal. The facility ships and receives grain and fertilizer and makes repairs to barges as required.
As we enter into the 21st century, we can only envision the great things in store for Eddyville, a small town with a rich history and a bright future.