Located in north-western Kentucky, Webster County was named for celebrated nineteenth century political statesman Daniel Webster. The county was formed from parts of Henderson, Hopkins, and Union Counties in July 1860. Today, Webster County is bounded by Union, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, and Crittenden Counties.
Although smaller than the older town of Providence, Dixon, serves as the Webster County seat. Dixon was incorporated in 1861 and was named for Archibald Dixon, a former lieutenant governor and U.S. Senator. Webster County was especially divided during the Civil War, its location near the strategic Ohio and Cumberland Rivers ensured that the county would be well traveled by both the Union army and Confederate raiders. A skirmish that occurred at Burnt Mill in September 1861 is one of the first clashes of arms in the commonwealth. During the twentieth century, Webster County developed its industry largely around oil, coal, agriculture, and railroad businesses. Coal and agriculture have continued to drive the county's economy into the twenty-first century.
The people and places of Webster County have created a fascinating history. Many of these people, places, and events are illustrated on the county's highway markers and examined here. We hope you will use this app to learn more about Webster County's intriguing past.