"Vanceburg, Lewis County, Kentucky" Vanceburg by Stephen-KarenConn

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Vanceburg, the seat of Lewis County, is a small town of about 1700 people on the banks of the Ohio River. It was founded in 1797 and named for Joseph Vance, one of the founders.

Although it is now a sleepy village, it was once an important port. Vanceburg's location, relatively high above the river, made it less susceptible to floods. Vanceburg became the county seat in 1863 when it was moved from Clarksburg, three miles to the west. Vanceburg is sometimes referred to Alum City because of nearby deposits of alum. The first Vanceburg Post Office opened in 1815.

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