Kenton County’s 175th Birthday
The County was formed on January 29, 1840 from the Western half of Campbell County (est. 1794) and is Kentucky's nineteenth county in order of formation. Kenton County is named after the pioneer settler General Simon Kenton (1755-1836) who helped to settle the Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area in the late 18th century. When Kenton County broke away from Campbell County in 1840 the citizens of the new county wanted to name a city in remembrance of their autonomy. The original county seat, Independence, was named in honor of this new freedom from Campbell County.
At the Fiscal Court Meeting held on September 22nd, the National Weather Service recognized Kenton County as a StormReady County. The County had to meet certain requirements in order to be recognized. Through this preparation, Kenton County is better prepared to handle emergency weather.
For more information about what it takes to be a StormReady County, click here.