About Junction City
Junction City is the second-largest incorporated city in Boyle County, located just 0.7 miles south of the Danville city limit on US 127 South astride Boyle County's border with Lincoln County. Junction City is classified by law as a 4th Class city in Kentucky, with a population exceeding 3,000 residents.
Junction City's strategic location on four-lane US 127 South features some of Boyle County's prime commercial development sites located within the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Like Danville, Junction City is a "wet" city in which alcohol sales are legal in package stores, convenience stores (malt beverages), and restaurants with at least 50 and up to 100 seats depending upon the type of alcohol served.
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Junction City began when the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad reached the area. The city was originally known as Goresburgh for the proprietors of the Gore Hotel. The Gore post office opened in 1880, was renamed Goresburgh in 1882, and then finally renamed Junction City when the Cincinnati Southern Railway reached town later that year. The city was named for its junction of the L&N (east-west) and Cincinnati Southern (north-south) rail lines. The city was formally incorporated April 8, 1882, by the Kentucky General Assembly. The L&N station there was also known as Danville Junction for its proximity to Danville.
The eastern part of Junction City was once the separate and older town of Shelby City, incorporated in 1867 and named for Kentucky's first governor Isaac Shelby, who lived and was buried nearby. This community's separate post office was known as South Danville when it was established April 26, 1866, then renamed Shelby City the next year (the eastern portion of Junction City is still referred to as Shelby City), and later closed in 1926. It was also known as Briartown and its L&N station was called Danville Station.
The tomb of Kentucky's first governor Isaac Shelby is within the Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site, located southeast of Junction City just over the Lincoln County line on Knob Lick Road (KY 300).
A City in Motion
Beginning with its storied railroad history, Junction City is still a city in motion. Why? The answer can be found in the air and on the dirt track.
The Danville-Boyle County Regional Airport (ICAO: KDVK; FAA LID: DVK) at Stuart Powell Field is located immediately at the city's northeastern border. Stuart Powell Field features two asphalt-paved runways: The main runway measures 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) by 75 feet (23 meters), and its perpendicular secondary runway measures 1,971 feet (601 meters) by 75 feet (23 meters).
The Great American Balloon Race, one of the signature events of Danville's Great American Brass Band Festival, is based at Stuart Powell Field.
Junction City is also home to Ponderosa Speedway, known as "Kentucky's baddest bullring", a clay oval race track for Super Late Model, Modified, Pro Late Model, and Pure Street Division race cars with a distance of 1,780 feet (3/8 mile) and a seating capacity for 2,500 fans.
Junction City's need for speed is also satisfied by Lightning Valley MotorSports Park, a 1/5-mile clay oval race track dedicated to Kart racing.