Owensboro, the seat of Daviess county, was laid out in 1816 and named for Colonel Abraham Owen. Located on the Ohio River, the area was known as Yellow Banks by 1776 with settlers arriving by 1798. The name Rossboro or Rossborough, for Virginian David Ross, was proposed for the town, but this was rejected by the Kentucky legislature.
The Yellow Banks post office opened in 1806, became Owensborough in 1816, and Owensboro in 1893.
Owensboro has been incorporated since 1850.
The population in 2020 was 60,205.
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