Historical Mount Sterling is a progressive community located in east-central Kentucky. We have a charming and vibrant downtown along with an area rich in heritage. Having access to interstate I-64, the city has maintained its small-town flavor while attracting industry and other businesses. Mt. Sterling is home to 35 manufacturing facilities totaling over 3,500 jobs.
The Mt. Sterling Police Department is a progressive agency that places added emphasis on community oriented policing. It was founded in 1893 and has since been in continuous service.
The department consists of twenty-three sworn officers and eleven civilian employees. There are two divisions of officers, patrol and criminal investigations. In addition to these, the police department has one of the first mountain bike patrol units in the state.
“Welcome to Mount Sterling. We are located just thirty-five miles east of Lexington on Interstate 64 and serve as the gateway to the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Incorporated in 1792, Mt. Sterling is known as a regional trading center with a progressive attitude and a multitude of business opportunities.
The area is rich in history. Morgan’s station, just a short drive from downtown, is the site of the last known organized Indian raid in Kentucky. Adena Indian mounds can be found throughout the county. Civil War history abounds and many of the newly restored downtown buildings date to the 1890’s.
Our economy has shifted from predominantly agriculture to manufacturing with the arrival of twenty four industries and 3,300 new jobs in the last six years. In 1989 our unemployment rate was 18.6%, today we boast a rate that hovers at 3.5%. A progressive industrial authority continues to insure growth and success.
Mt. Sterling is proud of its innovative educational system with a strong K-12 program, vocational/technical and distance learning laboratory. Through a partnership with Morehead State University dual credit programs are available for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate programs, plus and MBA program are offered locally.
October Court Days, always the third Monday and the previous Saturday and Sunday, originated in 1796 when the Circuit Judge came on horseback to hold court on the third Monday of each month. The October court was always the largest because local farmers came to sell their harvest and buy supplies for winter. They got to see the hangings after the trials. We no longer have hangings, but you can get a full dose of local flavor with vendors from all over the country anxious to sell you their wares at this huge flea market.
We are proud of out “Little Mountain Town” and we invite you to come for a visit. We know you’ll be glad you did.”
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