Discussion from McGrain and Currens (1978)
County is in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field. Elevations range from
a low of approximately 650 feet on the South Fork of the Kentucky River
where it leaves the northern edge of the county, to a high of 1,720
feet on the Owsley-Clay County line less than 0.5 mile from the junction
with Perry County.
The highest elevations are in the southeastern part of the county,
particularly along the drainage divides that mark the approximate boundaries
between Owsley and Clay, Perry, and Breathitt Counties. Elevations from
1,400 to 1,700 feet are found here. The elevations of the ridgetops
in the northern part of the county are commonly between 1,000 and 1,100
The elevation of Booneville, the county seat, is 708 feet. Elevations
at other communities are Cowcreek, 810 feet; Ida May, 715 feet; Island
City, 838 feet; Levi, 833 feet; Mistletoe, 858 feet; Sturgeon, 917 feet;
and Travellers Rest, 841 feet.
The 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps that cover Owsley County
are shown, by name and by index code (Kentucky Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection Cabinet), on the index
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