Wheelwright, Kentucky

Wheelwright, Kentucky

Housing on South Main Street

Location of Wheelwright, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°19′53″N 82°43′9″W / 37.33139°N 82.71917°W / 37.33139; -82.71917Coordinates: 37°19′53″N 82°43′9″W / 37.33139°N 82.71917°W / 37.33139; -82.71917
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Floyd
Incorporated February 6, 1917
  Type City Commission
  Mayor Don "Booty" Hall
  Total 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
  Land 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,138 ft (347 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 780
  Density 443/sq mi (170.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41669
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-82272
GNIS feature ID 0506542

Wheelwright is a city in Floyd County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 780 at the 2010 census,[1] down from 1,042 at the 2000 census.


The town produced coal for the Inland Steel Company

Founded by the Elk Horn Coal Company in 1916, it was named for the company's president at that time, Jere H. Wheelwright.[2] After the mine was abandoned, the Kentucky Housing Corporation purchased the town, rehabilitated the homes, and sold the homes to residents.[3]


Wheelwright is located at the southern end of Floyd County at 37°19′53″N 82°43′9″W / 37.33139°N 82.71917°W / 37.33139; -82.71917 (37.331465, -82.719064),[4] in the valley of the Right Fork Otter Creek. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), all land.[1]

There is just one way in and out of the city, via the Junction Bridge, located in Bypro, also referred to as "Wheelwright Junction", on state route 122. The original metal structure was replaced by concrete in 1959. This bridge is now known as the Timothy Hall Memorial Bridge,[5] in honor of City Commissioner Timothy Hall, who died in a car crash.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015551[7]−29.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,042 people, 203 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 598.0 people per square mile (231.2/km²). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 135.4 per square mile (52.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.15% White, 34.74% African American, 0.10% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.7% under the age of 18, 22.7% from 18 to 24, 43.4% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 290.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 330.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,808, and the median income for a family was $20,625. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $5,367. About 36.8% of families and 40.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.0% of those under the age of 18 and 11.6% of those ages 65 and older.


Wheelwright is governed by a city commission form of government. Its current mayor is Don "Booty" Hall. The city commission consists of Bobby W. Akers, Sam Little Jr., Dana McCown, and Vernon Smallwood.[10]


Floyd County's public schools are operated by Floyd County Schools. Most students residing in the city of Wheelwright attend:


The Corrections Corporation of America owns the Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright, closed in 2012, due in part to a riot by male Indiana prisoners in 2001, and subsequent widespread sexual abuse of women inmates.[11][12][13]


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  1. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Wheelwright city, Kentucky". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  2. Rennick, Robert M. (1988). "Place Names". Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4.
  3. Kentucky Housing Corporation, History, accessed September 29, 2016
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. Turner, J. "SJR 25 (BR 1024)". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. Lawson, Jennifer. "Commissioner killed in wreck". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  7. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. Kentucky Secretary of State-Land Office Retrieved on 2010-04-17
  11. Hawaii to Remove Inmates over abuse charges, New York Times, Ian Urbina, August 25, 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  12. Kentucky Prison Under Lockdown After Riot, Associated Press, July 6, 2001. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  13. Prison closing leaveing more than 170 jobless, WKYT, October 13, 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015. Archived October 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
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