In the late nineteenth century, the major forces for railroad construction in Kentucky were the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad and Cincinnati Southern Railroad. Chartered by the Kentucky Legislature in 1850, the L&N Railroad was completed to the Kentucky-Tennessee line by 1859 and had twenty-four stations along the way. (4)
Of the stations on the L&N Railroad line, five were located in existing county seats including Shepherdsville (Bullitt County), Elizabethtown (Hardin County), Bowling Green (Warren County), Munfordville (Hart County), and Franklin (Simpson County). Eight of the railroad stations were placed in communities which were already established, but were not county seats. For the remaining communities including Lebanon Junction, Bardstown Junction, Glendale, Sonora, Upton, Rowletts, Horse Cave, Smiths Grove, Oakland, Rich Pond, and Woodburn, the railroad provided the initial impetus for development. (4)
The Rich Pond Community was incorporated on February 7, 1871 (1) According to Rand McNally, Rich Pond had a population of 119 people in 1895 with a post office, railroad service, and an express office. (2)
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1. Collins, Lewis, and Collins, Richard. History of Kentucky. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1998.
2. Hall, John (2017). RoadsideThoughts, Rich Pond, Kentucky. Retrieved from http://roadsidethoughts.com/ky/rich-pond-xx-warren-genealogy.htm
3. Parker, Donna C. (2017). Historic Schools of Warren County, Kentucky. Retrieved from
4. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. (1994). Retrieved from https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/94000842.pdf