Trigg County was the 66th county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on May 15, 1820, at the home of Samuel Orr in Warrenton, located about four miles west of present-day Cadiz.
The county was named for Col. Stephen Trigg, a Virginia military man of the Revolutionary War, who came to the Kentucky region in 1779, with the Court of Land Commissioners.
How the city of Cadiz acquired its name is not well documented. However, oral history, handed down through several generations, tells that Squire Richard Dawson was the chairman of the commission to establish the county seat. The commission honored a Spanish soldier of fortune who aided the laying out of the county by naming the county seat after the soldier's hometown of Cadiz, Spain.
Cadiz was the second town after Hopkinsville to be established in western Kentucky. Its location was on the Cumberland River at the mouth of and on both sides of the Little River, and was formed on November 28, 1803.
Today, Trigg County is the 18th fastest growing county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Census 2000 figures show the county has grown by 2,236 (21.6%) in the past ten years. Cadiz matched the state average of about 11 percent growth.
Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, golfing, boating or just being outdoors, Trigg County is the place to be. With more than 340 miles of shoreline, Trigg County is located east of the Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area, a 170,000-acre peninsula. One-third of LBL is located within the county's boundaries. LBL is located between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is the only Kentucky state park to win the American Automobile Association's Four Diamond Award. The park, located eight miles west of Cadiz, features an airport, riding stable, beach, marina, fitness center with indoor pool, trap range, several picnic areas, 80 campground sites and 9.2 miles of hiking trails. The park also has an 18 hole-golf course named after Trigg County native and Nashville musician Boots Randolph.
Cadiz/Trigg County features numerous antique, gift and specialty shops to satisfy the most ardent collector or those just wanting a unique item for themselves or a friend. The city is in the midst of a major redevelopment project to revitalize and restore the historic downtown area through the Cadiz Renaissance on Main Street project. A $400,000 City Hall project has already been completed.
The Trigg County Country Ham Festival - a celebration of the area's world famous country hams - has been recognized as one of the southeast United State's premier events.
Cadiz/Trigg County is centrally located 85 miles northwest of Nashville, Tenn., 182 miles southwest of Louisville, and 216 miles southeast of St. Louis. U.S. Highway 68 is an AAA-rated highway serving Cadiz and provides access to Interstate 24, which is located six miles east.
In the heart of Western Kentucky, you will find the grandeur of two dams only two miles a part creating two of the largest man-made lakes in the nation. Kentucky Lake's 160,000 acres of water, with 2,380 miles of shoreline, is famous for taking anglers to the limit. Fisherman boasts of catching the limit of crappie, bass, stripers sauger, catfish and bluegill. Kentucky Lake has also long been a mecca for inland sailors. It's broad expanse, sometimes two miles wide, offers a challenge to the most proficient sailor. Open regattas are scheduled throughout the year. From Cadiz, take U.S. 68 West about 20 miles.
Lake Barkley, the younger sister to Kentucky Lake, extends from Barkley Dam at Lake City well into the state of Tennessee. Lake Barkley's 60,000 acres of water and 134-mile length, flows north and is well known for making anglers happy.
Barkley's scenic and sparsely developed shoreline, countless bays and inlets and unpolluted water appeal to the explorer in all of us. Deer, wild turkey, eagles and other wildlife are common sights especially along the western shoreline, which forms the boundary for Land Between The Lakes.
These scenic shorelines offer the vacationer an assortment of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, swimming and skiing.
A free-flowing canal, which connects Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, provides more than 600 miles of round trip cruising. Scenic lakeside resorts offer townhouses, efficiencies, cottages and cabins. From Cadiz, take U.S. 68 West about 10 miles.
LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
The Land Between The Lakes' National Recreation Area 170,000 acres of forest and lakeshore offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Attractions include The Homeplace-1850 living history farm, The Nature Station environmental education center, Elk and Bison Prairie habitat restoration and the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory.
The Land Between the Lakes offers more than 200 miles of trails and includes the 65 mile-long North/South Trail, a designated Mountain Bike Trail and the first federally designated land set aside for All-Terrain Vehicles, the 2,500 acre Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area. LBL has four developed family campgrounds - Hillman Ferry, Piney, Wranglers Campground and Energy Lake.
For more information on LBL attractions, go to the LBL website at http://www.lbl.org/.