Grant County is Northern Kentucky’s southernmost county. Located at the tiptop of the Bluegrass Region, we are within one hour of Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Our county is rich in natural beauty with many lakes, streams, ridges and rolling hills. We offer boundless cultural, educational, employment, and business opportunities that few communities can match.
The area of what is now Crittenden may have been settled as early as 1812. The community was called “Pin Hook” until 1834, when it was renamed for Kentucky statesman and later governor John J. Crittenden.
In 1909, the city was incorporated, the last incorporated in Grant County. That same year, a creamery company found mineral water which was believed to have medical properties. During the early part of the 20th century, Dry Ridge was the home of Kentucky Carlsbad Mineral Water Bottling Company, and home of the Carlsbad Hotel completed in 1911. People came to Dry Ridge from all over the eastern United States to take the mineral water of what was known as the Kentucky Carlsbad Springs, although it was not a spring, but a well. The hotel was destroyed by fire on February 25, 1927.
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