Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Fort Thomas, a Campbell County, home rule-class community, is located on the Ohio River’s southern bank. It was also the site of an 1890 US Army Post. It was home to 16,325 people at the 2010 census. Officially, it is part of the Cincinnati-North Kentucky metropolitan area.

 

Fort Thomas can be found at 39°4’34”N 84°27’5”W (39.076011; -84.451273). The total area of the city is 6.4 square miles (17km2), with 5.7 square miles (15 km2) being land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) being water.

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Historical Background Of Fort Thomas, KY

Evidence suggests that a battle took place in Fort Thomas between the Cherokee Native Americans and the victorious Shawnee tribe Native Americans. This occurred before the European settlement. 

Archeologists have found 600 graves of slain soldiers there and the battleground has been extensively combed for artifacts over the years. You can still find arrowheads or other artifacts of the past when you are out gardening or hiking in the forest and streambeds around the city.

A site was required to house the United States Army post in 1887 to replace Newport Barracks, Newport, Kentucky. Newport Barracks was built in 1803, replacing Fort Washington, located across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. 

This army post was situated at the Ohio and Licking Rivers intersection. However, it was susceptible to flooding and was flooded many times in the early 1880s. It was determined that a new location, which is less likely to flood, was needed. General Philip Sheridan personally chose 11 acres (4.5 ha) of the city and gave it the Highlands area. He predicted becoming the “West Point of the West.” Fort Thomas was named in honor of General George Henry Thomas.

The U.S. 6th Infantry Regiment was moved to Fort Thomas. It remained there until it was called back to action in June 1898 in the Spanish-American War.

Samuel Woodfill was moved to Fort Thomas Army Post in 1912. Lorena Wiltshire, his wife, was the one who married him on Christmas Day 1917. They purchased a home near Fort Thomas. 

He was brave and led his men against the Germans in World War I. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and was referred to as the most decorated soldier of World War I. He struggled to make ends meet in civilian life. He failed to create an orchard, but he worked as a carpenter and watchman. In March 1942, his wife died. Two months later, Woodfill was commissioned by the Army to work with Alvin C. York (a World War I hero) as Majors to increase morale and encourage enlistments. Woodfill was again retired in 1944, but his memories of his wife at Fort Thomas prompted him to return home to Indiana, where he was raised.

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Demographics Of Fort Thomas, KY

The city had 16,325 residents, 6,787 households, and 4,219 families as of 2010. 2,909.8 people lived per square mile (1.123.2/km2). At an average density of 1,239.8 units per square mile (478.6/km2), there were 7,028 housing units. The city’s racial makeup included 96.1% White, 1.3% African American and 0.1% Native American. There were also 0.9% Asians, 0.9% Pacific Islander, 0.4% other races, and 1.2% two or more races. 1.4% of the population was Hispanic/Latino of any race.

There were 6,787 households. Of these, 30.1% had children below 18 years, 48.8% lived together as married couples, 9.7% had a woman householder without a husband, and 37.8% were not families. 32.6% of all households consisted of individuals, and 12.5% were composed of someone 65 years old or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size 3.03.

The city’s population was distributed with 24.2% of the population being under 18 years old, 7.7% of the population being 25-44, 27.1% of 45-64, 27.4% of the population between 45 and 64, 15.6% of the population 65 years or older. There were 90.6 males for every 100 females. There were 84.5 males for every 100 females over 18 years old. The median age was 39.8.

The median income of a household was $49,575, and that of a family was $63,006. The median income for males was $43,733, while that of females was $30,209. The city’s per capita income was $26,657. The poverty line was reached by 4.8% of the population and 2.8% of the families. This includes 4.7% of children under 18 years old and 3.2% of people 65 and older.

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