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Midway, Kentucky
East Main Street in Midway
East Main Street in Midway
Location of Midway, Kentucky
Location of Midway, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Woodford
Established January 31, 1835
Incorporated February 7, 1846
Named for its location relative to Frankfort and Lexington
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
827 ft (252 m)
 • Total 1,641
 • Density 1,484.3/sq mi (573.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-52140
GNIS feature ID 0498164
Midway Ky
View looking west from intersection of Highway 62 and Main Street

Midway is a home rule-class city in Woodford County, Kentucky, in the United States. Its population was 1,620 at the time of the year 2000 U.S. census. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Man o' War with trainer Joseph Bryan Martin
Racehorse Man o' War with Midway, Kentucky trainer Joseph Bryan Martin.

The town is home to a major thoroughbred race horse breeding operation, the Three Chimneys Farm. In 2003, faced with a declining downtown, a major streetscape renovation project began as part of Main Street Kentucky. New period structures and lighting brought new life to the town.


Before its European exploration, the area around Midway was inhabited by the Mound Builders. Two large and several smaller American Indian mounds have been identified on nearby farms.

The present city began as a small settlement known as Stevenson's at the time of its first post office in 1832. On January 31, 1835, the local farmer John Francisco sold his 216.375-acre (87.564 ha) farm to the Lexington and Ohio Railroad for $6,491.25. The railroad then used the land to establish Kentucky's first railroad town, naming it Middleway for its location relative to Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky. (The town is also equidistant between Versailles and Georgetown.) The major streets of Midway were named in honor of the railroad's original officials. It was renamed Midway in 1837.

Legendary thoroughbred racehorse Man o' War, foaled at Nursery Stud Farm in nearby Fayette, County, was trained and first ridden by Midway native Joseph Bryan Martin, who is buried in Midway, Cemetery.


Midway is located in the northern section of Woodford County in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, an area with farms that produce tobacco, corn, cattle, and horses. Midway is located at 38°9′2″N 84°40′59″W / 38.15056°N 84.68306°W / 38.15056; -84.68306 (38.150484, -84.683014). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 402
1870 532 32.3%
1880 950 78.6%
1890 1,185 24.7%
1900 1,045 −11.8%
1910 937 −10.3%
1920 915 −2.3%
1930 808 −11.7%
1940 886 9.7%
1950 950 7.2%
1960 1,044 9.9%
1970 1,278 22.4%
1980 1,445 13.1%
1990 1,290 −10.7%
2000 1,620 25.6%
2010 1,641 1.3%
Est. 2015 1,701 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,620 people, 623 households, and 409 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,484.3 per square mile (573.1/km2). There were 672 housing units at an average density of 615.7 per square mile (237.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.81% White, 7.72% African American, 0.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 623 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

21.0% of the population was under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 75.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,909, and the median income for a family was $60,326. Males had a median income of $35,795 versus $32,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,528. About 2.0% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Annual events

  • Francisco's Farm Arts Festival The focus of the event is the outdoor exhibition of juried fine art and fine craft, giving the opportunity to meet and purchase art from the creators themselves. It is located at the campus of Midway University, 512 E. Stephens St., Midway.
  • Kentucky's bluegrass region, the Midway Fall Festival has been named one of Kentucky's top twenty festivals. The festival features crafts, food, demonstrators, entertainment and children's activities.
  • Midway Independence Day Celebration is called "Sparks in the Park," at Walter Bradley Park, the city park.

Historic sites

Midway Historic District 1
Midway Historic District


  • New Life Assembly of God Church
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • Second Christian Church
  • St. Matthew A.M.E. Church
  • Zion Hill Baptist Church
  • Midway Nazerane

Historic district

Many homes and businesses in Midway are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Zeralda James, mother of Frank and Jesse James, was born in the Black Horse Inn at the intersection of U.S. Route 62 and Old Frankfort Pike, where she lived with her father, who ran the tavern.

Weisenberger Mill has been in the Weisenberger family for seven generations. It is the oldest continuously operating mill in Kentucky and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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

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