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Frankfort

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Frankfort is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the seat of Franklin County. Based on population, it is the fourth-smallest state capital (after Montpelier, Vermont and Pierre, South Dakota and Augusta, Maine) in the United States. It is a home rule-class city in Kentucky; the population was 25,527 at the 2010 census. Located along the Kentucky River, Frankfort is the principal city of the Frankfort, Kentucky Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Franklin and Anderson counties.HistoryPre 1900The town of Frankfort likely received its name from an event that took place in the 1780s. American Indians attacked a group of early European-American pioneers from Bryan Station, who were making salt at a ford in the Kentucky River. Pioneer Stephen Frank was killed, and the settlers thereafter called the crossing "Frank's Ford." This name was later elided to Frankfort.
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