Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 150.
HARLAN COUNTY, situated on the southeastern boundary of Kentucky, traversed by Cumberland river. Area, 480 square miles. Face of the country, mountainous. Cumberland mountains form its southeastern boundary, and Laurel Ridge crosses its northwest part. Seat of justice, Mount Pleasant. Pop. in 1830, 2,929; in 1840, 3,015; in 1850, 4,268.