About This Place
Russellville is a city in and the county seat of Logan County, Kentucky, United States. The population is 6,947 at the 2010 census. It is named for General William Russell, a Revolutionary War soldier and frontier leader.
Between the arrival of first settlers around 1790 and the town's incorporation in 1798, Russellville was known variously as Cook's Station, Logan Court House, Rogues’ Harbour, and Big Boiling Spring. Settlers decided on the name Russellville to honor war hero General William Russell. It is the county seat of Logan County, one of Kentucky's original counties. Several downtown homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate sympathizers met in the Russellville Convention and created a Confederate government for Kentucky. Kentucky had previously declared its neutrality and did not officially secede, so the Southern sympathizers formed an alternate government after the state's government had been taken over by Union supporters. This pro-Confederate government was recognized by the Confederacy, which admitted Kentucky to that nation and placed a star for Kentucky on the Confederate flag.