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Russell County, Kentucky was formed on December 14, 1825 from portions of Adair, Cumberland and Wayne Counties and is named for William Russell.
The county seat is Jamestown, but the largest city is Russell Springs.
Wolf Creek dam was constructed on the Cumberland River which resulted in the formation of the Lake Cumberland Reservoir. Construction began in 1941 but because of World War II and other factors, construction was not completed until 1951. The 105 mile long Lake Cumberland Reservoir begins near Jamestown, Kentucky and extends through parts of Wayne and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky. During the land acquisition, many cemeteries within the project were relocated. Because of the project, several Russell County towns such as Rowena, Horseshoe Bottom and Lulu were submerged below the water. To learn more, see this great blog post.