Founded by Billy Johnson in 1998, the Paintsville, KY personal injury lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm have helped individuals in Eastern Kentucky and across the state whose lives have been affected by the negligent actions of others.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the union of Paint Creek and the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, the location of Paintsville can’t be beat. This “City Between the Lakes” is also situated between Paintsville Lake to the northwest and Dewey Lake to the southeast, making it a prime spot for recreation. Boasting spectacular views and a pride-filled history of coal mining, the home rule-class city of Paintsville has been serving Kentuckians as the seat of Johnson County since 1843.
Attended directly by the Mountain Parkway, US Hwy 23, and Kentucky Highways 321 and 460, Paintsville is easily accessible to all travelers. Just 40 miles from where we are based in Pikeville, the Johnson Law Firm recognizes Paintsville’s unique features and contributions. We value our one-on-one relationships with people across Eastern Kentucky and focus our work on individuals – not large corporations or big business. We live and work here, and we care about every corner of our community.
The area was first mentioned in 1780 by early European settlers who called it “Paint Lick Station” and “Paint Landing” due to the colorful Native American markings on the debarked trees that lined the banks of Paint Creek, near a local salt lick. The first homes were built in the 1810s, lots were laid out in the 1820s, and the name was formally changed to Paintsville in the 1840s. Located in a border state and a border county, the demands of the Civil War in the 1860s took their toll on the city just as it was beginning to thrive.
Much of Paintsville’s late nineteenth century development hinged on the ideas of John C.C. Mayo, who used his teaching salary to buy broad form deeds that became the beginnings of the Northern Coal & Coke Company. Mayo opened the coal field of eastern Kentucky to the industrial north and single-handedly brought railroad service to the region. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway opened its Paintsville depot in 1904 and within five years, tens of thousands of tons of coal were shipped out.
Mayo also built a three-story, 40-room mansion on Third Street that took seven years to construct. It has been the home of Our Lady of the Mountains School since 1945 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Other Paintsville sites on the Register include the First Baptist Church, the First Methodist Church, the First National Bank Building, Foster Hardware, the Francis M. Stafford House, and the Paintsville Country Club. The club incorporates an 18-hole golf course established in 1929, which makes it one of the oldest in the region.
For those who aren’t into architecture, Paintsville also offers a rich musical history as home to the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum. This site is dedicated to the country music entertainers who were born or lived near U.S. Route 23 in eastern Kentucky. The “Queen of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn, was born in the nearby coal-mining community of Butcher Hollow, as was her younger sister, Grammy award-winning singer Crystal Gayle. Country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton grew up in a nearby town and graduated from Johnson Central High School, one of Paintsville’s two distinguished high schools. Athletes Willie Blair, John Pelphrey, and Ovie Scurlock are all natives of the city, while Johnnie LeMaster’s family moved there when he was a baby.
The first Johnson County fair was held in 1914 and the first Apple King was named in that year, but it was not until the 1960s that the Kentucky Apple Festival began. Today, this nationally-known event is held in Paintsville the first weekend in October. Rain or shine, over 100,000 people visit for a weeklong celebration filled with food, fun, a 5-K run, clogging, crafts, and mountain music. Every third Saturday from April to September sees classic car enthusiasts gather on Main Street for Cruiz’N fun, while the Paintsville Recreation Center offers a number of activities for the whole family such as Zumba, gymnastics, karate, and swimming. Enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, the longest rail-to-trail in Kentucky. Paintsville Lake State Park also is a great natural resource, with 242 acres of land and a 26-mile long lake.
There’s a lot to love about Paintsville, including its status as the only “wet” city in an otherwise “dry” county. Whether you are a resident or are just passing through, it’s our goal at the Johnson Law Firm to help you enjoy the area safely and to protect your rights if someone has harmed you.
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 1-606-433-0682, fill out our online form, or stop by to find out why the Johnson Law Firm is known as the “nicest place in town.”