Glasgow provides access to incredible adventure, but may be best known for its annual Glasgow Highland Games held each June. Barren River Lake State Resort Park features a 10,000-acre lake, full lodging and camping amenities, athletic facilities, trails, dining and much more. Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system featuring more than 400 miles. Brigadoon State Nature Preserve contains 181 acres of mature woods and fields home to diverse species of plants and wildlife. Since 1934, the Plaza Theatre has hosted local, regional and national concerts and events.
Akebono Brake Industry, Walmart, Nemak and ACK Controls are major employers anchoring the local economy. Glasgow Independent Schools serves K-12 students throughout Barren County operation two elementary schools, one middle school and a high school. Western Kentucky University was originally established in Glasgow in 1875, but later moved to Bowling Green, KY. WKU has operated a regional campus in Glasgow since 1998. TJ Regional Health, Inc., offers healthcare with numerous facilities including T.J. Samson Community Hospital, which has served the region for 90 years.
Glasgow was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1799 and named county seat in the same year. It was named for the Scottish hometown of the father of William Logan, who was one of two commissioners in charge of selecting the seat of Barren County. Glasgow became city in 1809 and much of the architecture of that time still stands highlighted by colonial, federal and Victorian homes featured prominently throughout town.
Hot and humid summers and mild to cool winters are the norm within the humid subtropical climate in the Glasgow, KY area. Annual precipitation is ample with 52 inches of rain failing each year. Snow is minimal, while sunshine is abundant on 205 days out of the year.