Whoopflarea, Kentucky

Unincorporated community

Postmark from Whoopflarea, Kentucky

Location within the state of Kentucky

Coordinates: 37°17′52″N 83°34′5″W / 37.29778°N 83.56806°W / 37.29778; -83.56806Coordinates: 37°17′52″N 83°34′5″W / 37.29778°N 83.56806°W / 37.29778; -83.56806
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Owsley
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 516350[1]

Whoopflarea is an unincorporated community located in Owsley County, Kentucky, United States. Its post office closed in April 1954.[2] Whoopflarea has been noted for its unusual place name.[3]

The town name has several proposed origins. The most accepted is the whoop of owls made in the remote area. Other origins include lost persons in the area and the resulting search. They literally whooped for Larry or Laura.[4]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whoopflarea, Kentucky
  2. http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postmasterfinder/welcome.htm
  3. Strecker, Zoe; Finch, Jackie Sheckler (1 July 2009). Kentucky Off the Beaten Path. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7627-5790-9.
  4. Rennick, Charles (1984). Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. p. 318.

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