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The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky is the authoritative reference on the people, places, history, and rich heritage of the Northern Kentucky region. The encyclopedia defines an overlooked region of more than 450,000 residents and celebrates its contributions to agriculture, art, architecture, commerce, education, entertainment, literature, medicine, military, science, and sports. Often referred to as one of the points of the “Golden Triangle” because of its proximity to Lexington and Louisville, Northern Kentucky is made up of eleven counties along the Ohio River: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, and Robertson.

With more than 2,000 entries, 170 images, and 13 maps, this encyclopedia will help readers appreciate the region’s unique history and culture, as well as the role of Northern Kentucky in the larger history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation.

• Describes the “Golden Triangle” of Kentucky, an economically prosperous area with high employment, investment, and job-creation rates

• Contains entries on institutions of higher learning, including Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, and three community and technical colleges

• Details the historic cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Ludlow and their renaissance along the shore of the Ohio River

• Illustrates the importance of the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport as well as major corporations such as Ashland, Fidelity Investments, Omnicare, Toyota North America, and United States Playing Card

Paul A. Tenkotte, Chair of History & Geography at Northern Kentucky University, served 24 years at Thomas More College, where he was an award-winning professor. His publications include books, articles, and book reviews.

James C. Claypool, professor emeritus of history at Northern Kentucky University, is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles and book reviews.

"This vast compilation of information will serve as an invaluable reference for any who wish to learn more about a region defined by numerous cultures, traditions and ideas."—

"There’s a lot to learn here and entertainment to be had in the process. . . . Trolling the entries is a real trip—from the obscure to the obvious, from ridiculous to sublime . . . once you’re in it, it’s hard to break away."—

"With this encyclopedia and its 2,100 entries written by 300 authors, northern Kentucky’s particularities are given long overdue attention."—Book News, Inc.

"Paul A. Tenkotte . . . documents the region’s unique history and culture as well as the role of northern Kentucky in the larger history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation."—Kentucky Living

"The book is a worthy investment for anyone interested in Kentucky history."—Kentucky Monthly

"Local information can often be the hardest to find. The production of such an exhaustive regional encyclopedia is something that other regions can aspire to. Useful for libraries of all sizes interested in Northern Kentucky or for general geographic libraries."—Booklist

"Paul A.Tenkotte and James C. Claypool have succeeded in their goal of providing an encyclopedia that appeals to both scholars and general readers."—Ohio Valley History

"The people, places, and events in this volume will intrigue individuals unfamiliar with northern Kentucky, as well as longtime residents. . . . This volume is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the history of the Bluegrass State."—Journal of Southern History

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The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY






Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Encyclopedias


United States History

The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky
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