Corbin, KY History
Corbin was called Lynn Camp Territory before its three co-founders established it in the late 1800's. Cofounders Nelson Cummins (owner of the land), James Eaton (named Corbin) and David T. Chestnut (built houses) established the town in 1884; Corbin was incorporated in 1902.
Eaton named the town Cummins for the owner of the land, but later renamed it the following year in honor of his friend Reverend James Corbin Floyd.
Industrialized Corbin in 1897, aside from the railroad shops and yards, consisted of two sawmills, a shingle mill, two planing mills, a lumber company, a cabinet shop, a brickyard, a tin shop and about 25 stores. The town also had a bank, four doctors, three lawyers and 150 railroad men.
By 1900, the population had grown to 1,500 and presently, the population is nearly 9,000 in the city of Corbin. Most of the Corbin area lies in Whitley County, leaving the remaining area in Knox and Laurel counties. It is also in the center of the eastern half of the United States. City limits include about 80 percent falling in Whitley County with remaining 20 percent in Knox County.
Corbin is the home of Cumberland Falls located at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park - part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The Falls itself is 125 feet wide and 60 feet tall. It is known as the little Niagara. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the only Moonbow in the Western Hemisphere and can be viewed at certain times each month during clear weather.
Corbin is also the birthplace of the Original Colonel Sanders Cafe and Museum (Kentucky Fried Chicken). The restaurant has been restored as a replica of the original and is now a museum and dining room serving traditional Kentucky Fried Chicken foods. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Corbin also boasts Laurel River Lake - a 6,000 acre clear lake located within ten minutes of the city. The lake is open for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, as well as other lake activities. Laurel River Lake is a protected lake, prohibiting the development of any housing or businesses on the lake property.