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The town of Creelsboro, the oldest settlement in the area, was thriving some 16 years before Russell County was formed. It was named for Elijah Creel, an early settler. At one time Creelsboro was the busiest river port on the Cumberland River between Nashville, Tennessee and Burnside, Kentucky. Steamboats that supplied most of the transportation of foods for a five-county area put into port at Creelsboro, where there was a bank, a school, three stores, and a building that provided lodging for steamboat passengers.

Today, the few remaining original buildings stand vacant, devoid of the hustle and bustle of the steamboat days, falling victim to disrepair and decay with only a historical marker at the side of the road. See the PHOTOS page for pictures taken in 2002 of Creelsboro. Nearby is Rock House, a natural arch formation where many of the early settlers held church services and revivals.

Towns or wide spots in the road:

The county has three incorporated towns: Jamestown, Russell Springs, and Royville. The population of Russell County was 10,542 in 1970; 13,708 in 1980; and 12,716 in 1990.

Big Boiling Springs, Brady, Campbellsburg, Catherine, Clyde, Creelsboro (Creelsburgh), Dallo, Decatur, Dell, Denmark, Duly, Eli, Eller, Esto, Freedom, Helm, Humble, Indian Hills, Irvins Store, Jacksonville, Jamestown, Karlus, Kavito, Kells Shop, Kenwood, Kimble, Lairsville, Longstreet, Lula, Oho, Old Olga, Olga, Ono, Owensby, Ribbon, Rose Crossroads, Rowena, Royville, Russell Springs, Salem, Sano, Sewellton, Stokes, Sunshine, Webbs Cross Roads, Whittle, Wild Goose. (Courtesy of Melissa Robertson.).
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