Wurtland, KY


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Wurtland is a city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 1,049 at the 2000 census. Wurtland is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.
The northern terminus of the Industrial Parkway (Kentucky Route 67) ends at U.S. Route 23 at Wurtland. This highway serves to connect Wurtland and the surrounding towns of Greenup and Flatwoods to the EastPark industrial park and Interstate 64.
The Wurtland vicinity was first settled Alexander Fulton and his family circa. 1830. The Fultons then established the Fulton's Forge Works and the community became known as Fulton's Forge. Previously in 1823, William Shreve and his family had built a steam furnace nearby and they named their settlement (the) Old Steam Furnace. Because neither of the settlements had an acceptable name for a post office, the post office was named Oil Works after a local factory that made kerosene. Although the Oil Works post office was established on January 14, 1864, it was closed six years later in 1871. On February 28, 1876 the post office was reestablished as Wurtland, named after George and Samuel Grandin Wurts who had founded the nearby Pennsylvania and Laurel Furnaces in 1848.