Tolu, Kentucky

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Tolu, Kentucky
Unincorporated community
Tolu is located in Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°25′59″N 88°14′43″W / 37.43306°N 88.24528°W / 37.43306; -88.24528Coordinates: 37°25′59″N 88°14′43″W / 37.43306°N 88.24528°W / 37.43306; -88.24528
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Crittenden
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 377 ft (115 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 88
 • Density 254/sq mi (98.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 42084
Area code(s) 270
GNIS feature ID 515965[1]

Tolu is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Crittenden County, Kentucky, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 88.[2] It is located along Kentucky Route 135 near the Ohio River. It is 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Marion, the county seat.


The original name of Tolu was "Hurricane Landing". It was renamed Tolu, after a hair tonic.[3]

Mississippian culture archeology at Tolu Site

The Tolu Site is a prehistoric archeological site of the Mississippian culture, built and occupied about 1000 CE-1350 CE. This sophisticated culture flourished in chiefdoms along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, reaching its peak in size and power at Cahokia in present-day Illinois, the largest prehistoric complex north of Mexico. Peoples of the culture had wide trading networks spanning the continent along the Mississippi River, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Tolu Site is part of the Angel Phase of the Mississippian period. Because of similarities among the following sites in their styles of pottery and construction of communities, it is also considered part of the "Kincaid Set", together with Angel Mounds in Indiana and Kincaid Mounds in Illinois, and Wickliffe Mounds in far western Kentucky.

Notable people

  • James Ford (1775-1833), was a civic leader and businessman, who was later, discovered to be the secret criminal leader of a gang of Ohio River pirates and highwaymen in the early 19th century.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tolu CDP, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bigham, Darrel E. (1998). Towns & Villages of the Lower Ohio. University Press of Kentucky. p. 178. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
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