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Kuttawa, Kentucky


Kuttawa is conveniently located in western Kentucky at exit 40, off Interstate 24. The city was named for the Shawnee Indian word meaning “Beautiful”. In 1847, William Kelly discovered the Process of Steel while working at the Suwanee Furnace in Kuttawa. With the impoundment of Lake Barkley in 1966 a large portion of the town was flooded. Today, most of the older part of Kuttawa and much of the newer residential section faces Lake Barkley. Kuttawa Plastics and tourism are the city’s main industries. The beautiful lakeside area is popular with retirees. Kuttawa, home to two Lake Barkley marinas, boasts great bass and crappie fishing. Two lakeside condo communities, fine restaurants, motels, and two retirement facilities are located in the city.

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