Founded by Billy Johnson in 1998, the Pikeville, 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 majestic Appalachian Mountains and near many natural waterways, beautiful Pikeville also discharges its civic duty by serving as the seat of Pike County, the largest Kentucky county in terms of land mass. With a current population of around 7,000 people, its beginnings date back to farm land donated in 1823 for the sole purpose of establishing the county seat. Originally incorporated under the name Piketon, the city was named for U.S. Army officer-explorer General Zebulon Pike (the most visited mountain in North America, Pike’s Peak, carries his name as well). Changed to its present designation in 1850, Pikeville was selected as an All-American City in 1965 and was chosen by Norm Crampton for inclusion in his book, The 100 Best Small Towns in America.
Situated along the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, the downtown area of Pikeville is built in a narrow valley in a bend of the Fork prone to damaging floods and major traffic congestion. The solution was the Pikeville Cut-Through, a civil engineering feat that moved more cubic yards of soil and rock than any other project in the U.S. to date. Begun in 1973 and ended in 1987, the rerouting of the river resulted in the addition of nearly 400 acres of new level land for development and the new nickname,
Located throughout Pikeville are markers detailing the local events that occurred in the decades-long feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. In fact, patriarch Randall McCoy, his wife, and his daughter are buried on a hillside that overlooks the town. Another set of families with ties to the feud and the city are the Dils and the Yorks. The daughter of Colonel John Dils (founder and leader of the Kentucky Mounted Infantry Union Army 39th regiment during the Civil War) was deeded property on Main Street by her father shortly after she married Attorney James York. Known as the 1874 York House, the structure that was built on that property still stands today in the Historic District of downtown. It is on the National Register of Historic Places because Mr. York represented members of both the Hatfields and the McCoys during the feud. The negotiations to settle the feud took place in the front parlor of the house.
Highlighting fun over feuds, Pikeville hosts the Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Festival every year on Labor Day Weekend. Pikeville is also home to the second largest festival in Kentucky – Hillbilly Days. Held the third Saturday in April, the event has been recognized by the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association as a Top 10 Kentucky Festival. The celebration raises money for the local Shriners Children’s Hospital while giving people a chance to experience the culture of Appalachia and simultaneously having a bit of a laugh at the stereotype most often associated with the region. The Annual Hillbilly Days features street vendors, a parade, a carnival, a quilt show, and multiple outlets for entertainment, including the Billy Johnson Stage on the plaza in front of the 7,000-seat Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. This stage also showcases local talent during the summer as part of the Main Street Live! concert series.
On the educational front, Pikeville boasts Big Sandy Community & Technical College, a National College campus location, and the University of Pikeville, which offers 27 majors as well as 11 pre-professional programs. UPIKE is one of the smallest schools in the nation to have an osteopathic medicine program as part of its curriculum. The city is also fortunate enough to have the largest hospital in southeastern Kentucky, Pikeville Medical Center.
There’s a lot to love about Pikeville. It’s a vibrant community offering medical, financial, educational and cultural opportunities in a relatively rural part of Eastern Kentucky. Whether you are a resident or are just passing through, it’s our goal at the Johnson Law Firm to help you enjoy our city safely and to protect your rights if someone has harmed you. We live and work here, and we care about every corner of our community.
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 606-437-4488, fill out our online form, or stop by to find out why the Johnson Law Firm is known as the “nicest place in town.”
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