Gradyville, Kentucky Article

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Gradyville is located in Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
Gradyville is located in the United States
Gradyville (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°3′48″N 85°25′21″W / 37.06333°N 85.42250°W / 37.06333; -85.42250
GRADYVILLE FLOOD Latitude and Longitude:

37°3′48″N 85°25′21″W / 37.06333°N 85.42250°W / 37.06333; -85.42250
CountryUnited States
State Kentucky
County Adair
699 ft (213 m)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID493073

Gradyville is an unincorporated community in Adair County, Kentucky, United States. Its elevation is 699 feet (213 m). [1] It was the birthplace of Western Kentucky University basketball coach Edgar Diddle.


A post office was established in the community in 1848, and given the name of its first postmaster, William F. Grady. [2]

In February 1882, an Act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was approved that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages within one mile of Wilmores and Kemp's store-house in Gradyville. [3] The Act imposed a $20 fine for each occurrence of violating the act. [3]

Gradyville suffered a flash flood on June 7, 1907, as the result of a cloudburst that precipitated three inches of rain in an hour. The sudden downfall caused Big Creek, a normally small and quiet stream that runs through Gradyville, [4] to rise by ten feet and to wash away several houses that were built on the banks of the creek. The flood resulted in the deaths of 20 Gradyville residents. [5]

Notable people

Edgar Diddle, an American college men's basketball coach, was born near Gradyville in 1895 and was a Gradyville native. [6] [7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gradyville, Kentucky
  2. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 121–122. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  3. ^ a b Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Session laws of American states and territories prior to 1900. 1882. p. 569. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ottillia Scott Bell Credited With Saving Lives In The Flood". Columbia Magazine. June 16, 1997. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Columbia Magazine, Gradyville Flood Special Issue.
  6. ^ Holl, R.E. (2015). Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front During World War II. Topics in Kentucky History. University Press of Kentucky. p. pt270. ISBN  978-0-8131-6564-6. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Jackson, H.H. (2014). The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 16: Sports and Recreation. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. University of North Carolina Press. p. 33. ISBN  978-1-4696-1676-6. Retrieved September 22, 2018.