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Danville

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Specialty Museums · Wine Tours & Tastings · Distilleries
Danville is a home rule-class city in Boyle County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 16,690 at the 2015 Census. Danville is the principal city of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Boyle and Lincoln counties.In 2001, Danville received a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011, Money magazine placed Danville as the fourth-best place to retire in the United States. Danville has recently been twice chosen to host U.S. Vice-Presidential debates, in 2000 and in 2012.HistoryWithin Kentucky, Danville is called the "City of Firsts": It housed the first courthouse in Kentucky. The first Kentucky constitution was written and signed here. It was the first capital of Kentucky. It had the first U.S. post office west of the Allegheny Mountains. It hosts the first state-supported school for the deaf. Ephraim McDowell completed the first known successful laparotomy here in 1809, removing an ovarian tumor from a woman patient without anesthesia. It is the home of Centre College, housing the oldest college administration building and campus west of the Allegheny Mountains.
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