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Garrard is located in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Garrard is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Clay
866 ft (264 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CST)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID 512280

Garrard is a coal town in Clay County, Kentucky, United States on the junction of United States Highway 421 and Kentucky Highway 80, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Manchester.

It was established in 1806 by James Garrard's son Daniel (1780–1866) as a salt works, he having bought the land in 1798, but didn't actually gain the name until the Cumberland and Manchester Railroad came through there in 1917. It was through the 19th century rather known as variously the Goose Creek Salt Works (after the adjacent Goose Creek), the Union Salt Works, the Buffalo Lick Salt Works, or just The Salt Works.

Its post office was established on 1917-04-28 by postmaster James H. Brashear, and that was named Garrard, likely not after James or Daniel but rather after James' great-grandsons William Toulmin Garrard and Edward Gibson Garrard, who owned the land, although another story is that it was named after James' grandson Theophilus T. Garrard.

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