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Bardwell, Kentucky
Tiny church at Bardwell City Park
Tiny church at Bardwell City Park
Location of Bardwell in Carlisle County, Kentucky.
Location of Bardwell in Carlisle County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Carlisle
 • Total 0.87 sq mi (2.24 km2)
 • Land 0.86 sq mi (2.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 • Total 714
 • Density 826.39/sq mi (318.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-03664
GNIS feature ID 0486336

Bardwell is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Carlisle County, Kentucky, United States. The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1878. The population was 723 at the 2010 census, down from 799 in 2000.


Bardwell was founded in the mid-1870s when the railroad was extended to that point.

During their session of 1877–1878, the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act incorporating Bardwell. The original municipal boundaries consisted of a circle with a radius of 0.5 miles (0.80 km), centered on the local train station for the Illinois Central Railroad.


Bardwell is located northwest of the center of Carlisle County at 36°52′22″N 89°0′36″W / 36.87278°N 89.01000°W / 36.87278; -89.01000 (36.872690, -89.010026). U.S. Routes 51 and 62 intersect in the northern part of the city. US 51 leads south 29 miles (47 km) to Fulton on the Tennessee line, while US 62 leads northeast 30 miles (48 km) to Paducah on the Ohio River. The two highways together lead northwest 8 miles (13 km) to Wickliffe on the Mississippi River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Bardwell has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 578
1900 1,512 161.6%
1910 1,087 −28.1%
1920 1,120 3.0%
1930 1,139 1.7%
1940 1,218 6.9%
1950 1,033 −15.2%
1960 1,067 3.3%
1970 1,049 −1.7%
1980 988 −5.8%
1990 819 −17.1%
2000 799 −2.4%
2010 723 −9.5%
2020 714 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 799 people, 367 households, and 229 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,335.8 people per square mile (514.2/km2). There were 425 housing units at an average density of 710.5 per square mile (273.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.62% White, 3.00% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.63% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 2.75% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 367 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,406, and the median income for a family was $25,500. Males had a median income of $24,028 versus $16,618 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,976. About 19.7% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bardwell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Clyde Ehrhardt, offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins
  • Thomas L. Glenn, congressman from Idaho who served a single term as a Populist
  • Roy Mahlon Shelbourne, US federal judge born here who also practiced law in Bardwell for 14 years
  • Martha Stewart, actress of musical theatre, film, and television, born in Bardwell
  • M. K. Turk, American college basketball coach and player Livingston University (Alabama), CoLin Junior College (Mississippi) and University Southern Mississippi.

Donald Frank Hendrix (November 19,1959-November 15, 2020), outstanding pianist and organist who played for 5 governors, David Letterman, at Miss America and Miss Kentucky, and at First Christian Church, Murray, KY. He lost his life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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