History of Hawesville
Named for Richard Hawes who provided the land on which the city was formed, Hawesville is located on the Ohio River in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. From the very beginning, Hawesville’s location on the Mississippi River’s largest tributary helped support industries like coal mining and pulp and paper manufacturing. In fact, Abraham Lincoln won his first law case here in 1827, defending himself against charges of operating a ferry across the Ohio River without a license. A major employer in Hancock County since 1967, the Hawesville Mill employs over 450 people from Kentucky and neighboring Indiana.