Contributed by Kym Hitchcock
From the book Kentucky's Last Frontier
by Henry P. Scalf:
"Just when the name Louisa was first used is not known. Historians and others have assumed that the name was derived from the naming of the river by Dr. Thomas Walker in 1750. This assumption may be correct but has been attacked. There exists a tradition in the Rice and Ward families of Big Sandy that one of the early Rices visited and hunted in 1797 around the Forks section and while there stayed in the cabin home of Neri and Elizabeth Ward. They were relatives. Louis Ferguson in a manuscript history of the Skaggs family writes: "This being true, of which I entertain no doubt, Louisa was settled a little earlier than most historians admit and named Louisa for a reason which historians have never mentioned..."