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To our citizens and visitors,

Thank you for taking time to discover what our city is about and it's inner workings.  We hope to be able to assist our citizens in being able to become a more important part of how we conduct business and operate the city.

I believe that Middlesboro has people that remember days gone by and still hold to those traditional values, but still understand we want to grow.  Our people are looking for safe areas and neighborhoods to raise their children while striving to give back to their community.

Our city is looking ahead to forging new relationships with businesses and attractions to let others know what we already do, Middlesboro is a welcoming city and we are ready to help you get started here.  

Whether it be moving to the area, starting a business, or finding information in regard to one of our departments, please let us know how we can be of assistance.  I thank you for your time.


Rick Nelson

​Middlesboro Mayor

A little about us
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It is located one mile west of the Cumberland Gap and is the largest city in southeastern Kentucky. It is located entirely between Pine Mountain and the Cumberland Mountains in the Middlesboro Basin, an enormous meteorite crater (one of three known astroblemes in the state).


The city is the only one in the United States built entirely inside such a crater, as well as the home of ragtime music and the oldest continuously-played golf course in the country.

Our History
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Originally founded by English businessmen, the town opened its first post office on September 14, 1888, under the name Middlesborough, presumably in honor of the English town of almost the same name.


The city was formally incorporated under that spelling on March 14 two years later, but the post office switched to "Middlesboro" in 1894 and that spelling has since been adopted by the city itself, the Kentucky Land Office, and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Some still contend "Middlesborough" remains official, however.

The area was originally inhabited by American Indians such as the Shawnee. The first European known to have visited the area was Gabriel Arthur in 1674. He was later followed by Thomas Walker in 1750 and Daniel Boone in 1769.

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