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Anchorage

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Anchorage is a home rule-class city in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,264 at the 2000 census. It is one of the wealthiest cities in Kentucky and a suburb of Louisville.HistoryThe land that is now Anchorage was a part of Isaac Hite's 1773 land grant, which awarded most of the land in today's Jefferson County to officers in the Virginia militia, in exchange for their service in the French and Indian War. Early maps refer to the area as Hite's Mill and it has also been known as Hobbs Station. Part of his original grant now makes up the grounds of Central State Hospital and E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.The nautical name is a bit odd, considering the city is over twelve miles from the Ohio River. The origin is The Anchorage, the estate of riverboat captain and early resident James W. Goslee, and was chosen to honor him when the city incorporated in 1878, three years after his death. Tradition says that an anchor hanging inside the rim of a locomotive wheel at the center of town was taken by Goslee from his ship, the Matamora.The Louisville and Frankfort Railroad (later purchased by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad) was built through the area in 1849. The development of an interurban rail line in 1901 allowed faster travel between Anchorage and Louisville, as well as other towns in the area.
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