seventy-second county in order of formation, Calloway
County is located in western Kentucky on the Tennessee
state line. The county has an area of 386 square miles.
Formed on November 3, 1822, from a section of Hickman
County, the county was named in honor of Col. Richard
Calloway, a Kentucky explorer and pioneer who was a
friend of Daniel Boone. Murray is
the county seat.
The County is bordered by Marshall County (north), Trigg
County (northeast), Stewart County, TN (southeast),
Henry County, TN (south), Graves County (west). Cities,
Towns and Communities include Hazel, Murray
The Chickasaw Indians ceded their lands in western
Kentucky under an 1818 federal treaty. Early pioneers
included Samuel Watson, David Jones, and James Stewart.
The first permanent settlement was built in 1820 by Banester Wade and called Wadesboro, which served as the
county seat from 1822 to 1842. In 1842 Marshall County
was created out of Calloway. In the 1840s, some
residents moved westward into Missouri
and beyond. Calloway County residents were strongly
sympathetic to the Southern cause during the Civil War.
About eight hundred joined the Confederate army, about
two hundred the Union forces.
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