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Owensboro

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Things to do: parks, museums, outdoors
Owensboro is a home rule-class city in Daviess County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county and the 4th-largest city by population in the state. It is located on U.S. Route 60 about 107mi southwest of Louisville, and is the principal city of the Owensboro metropolitan area. The city's population was estimated at 58,416 in 2013, with a metropolitan population of 116,030.HistoryThere is evidence of American Indian settlement in the area dating back 12,000 years. Following a series of failed uprisings with British support, however, the last Shawnee were forced to vacate the area before the end of the eighteenth century.The first European descendant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers or Smothers in 1797, for whom the riverfront park is named. The settlement was originally known as Yellow Banks from the color of the land beside the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today's Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was formally established under the name Owensborough, named after Col. Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro.
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