Kenton County’s 175th Birthday

The County was formed on January 29, 1840 from the Western half of Campbell County (est. 1794) and is Kentucky's nineteenth county in order of formation.  Kenton County is named after the pioneer settler General Simon Kenton (1755-1836) who helped to settle the Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area in the late 18th century.  When Kenton County broke away from Campbell County in 1840 the citizens of the new county wanted to name a city in remembrance of their autonomy.   The original county seat, Independence, was named in honor of this new freedom from Campbell County.

Kenton County Animal Shelter Notice

The Kenton County Animal Shelter will be closed until Wednesday August 5th,  at 10:00am, due to the Parvo virus.  We are taking this time to isolate, sanitize, and implement improved protocols.  We apologize for any inconvenience. For emergencies please call 859.356.3191

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