The Magoffin County, KY personal injury lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm, founded by Billy Johnson in 1998, have helped individuals in Eastern Kentucky and across the state whose lives have been affected by the negligent actions of others.

Located on the banks of the beautiful Licking River, Magoffin County hosts roughly 13,000 residents in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. Magoffin County was founded in 1860, just before the beginning of the Civil War, from parts of Floyd, Johnson and Morgan counties and was named for Beriah Magoffin, governor of Kentucky from 1859-1862.

The history of the county goes back much further than its founding in 1860, though. Records show Dr. Thomas Walker camped near present-day Salyersville in 1750 on his way from the Cumberland Gap to The Warrior’s Trail. Salyersville, now a home-rule city of roughly 1,800 residents and the county seat, was one of the earliest settlements. The first attempt at a settlement near the present-day location was in 1794, but the attempt failed. Around 6 years later, though, the site was fortified and settled once more. It was first named Prater’s Fort, but was renamed Licking Fork by the time it acquired its first post office in 1839. In 1849 the small town moved to its present site and was renamed Adamsville. In 1860 the town was renamed Salyersville to honor Samuel Salyer, a state representative who sponsored the bill founding Magoffin County.

Salyersville and Magoffin County were involved in the Civil War. Partly because of the former Virginians that helped settle the area, Magoffin County in general and Salyersville in particular were sympathetic to the South, but in 1864 a Confederate raiding party was met and defeated by Union forces in what became known as The Battle of Salyersville.

Life continued at a relatively slow pace through the twentieth-century, as Salyersville weathered The Great Depression and a massive flood of the Licking River in 1939, but things did change substantially in 1963, when the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway was completed, connecting Salyersville to Interstate 64 and allowing a small tourism industry to grow.

Magoffin County is filled with natural attractions, from stunning mountain views and parks  to man-made attractions, and wildlife, including elk, is plentiful. The Pioneer Village is unique in its attention to heritage and historical detail. The village is a complex of 15 original log cabins restored and preserved by the Magoffin County Historical Society , where staff demonstrate and display period crafts in an early history museum. Ramsey Park offers park amenities alongside the Licking River, with a steel bridge that crosses the river.

The county’s biggest attraction, though, is Founder’s Day. First celebrated in 1979, the festival is unique in its approach to genealogy and history in that each year a different surname of the early settlers of the area is researched and celebrated. Festivities include a parade, exhibitions, concerts and pageants.

The next time you have a question about car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, workplace injury, premises liability, wrongful death or any personal injury, contact us for a free, confidential consultation. Call us at 1-877-712-3620, fill out our online form, or stop by to find out why the Johnson Law Firm is known as the “nicest place in town.”