City of Pineville, Kentucky

 
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Pineville
is a city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. It is the county seat of Bell County. It is located on a small strip of land between the Cumberland River and Pine Mountain.

It is one of the oldest settlements in Kentucky, tracing back to 1781 and a settlement called Cumberland Ford.

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It was part of a tract of land once owned by Isaac Shelby, Kentucky's first governor. When Bell County was formed in 1867, Cumberland Ford was the obvious choice, but a courthouse was not completed until 1871. The settlement incorporated in 1889 as Pineville.

Its riverside location has made it subject to flooding, including a devastating incident on April 4, 1977. The 1952 floodwall was overwhelmed and 200 houses were destroyed or damaged. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upgraded the floodwall in 1988.

The economy is dependent on the coal mining industry and tourist at nearby Pine Mountain State Resort Park, although there is some heavy manufacturing in the city.
 

  Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville, KY chained rock
 

 

Chained Rock was officially fastened to the adjacent cliff in the summer of 1933, allegedly to protect the city of Pineville from calamity should the ominous boulder perched precariously above town become loosened. There is an excellent panoramic view of Pineville, present day Highway 25E (formerly the Wilderness Road) and the surrounding mountain terrain. On clear days, the prominent ridge of Cumberland Mountain is visible 12 miles to the south.

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