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The Kentucky Bend, variously called the New Madrid Bend, Madrid Bend, Bessie Bend, or Bubbleland, is an exclave of Fulton County, Kentucky, in the United States.

Kentucky Bend is a piece of land on the inside of an oxbow loop meander of the Mississippi River. It is completely surrounded by the states of Tennessee and Missouri. Because it is surrounded by two (rather than one) 'foreign' states, Kentucky bend is not (as it is sometimes called) an enclave.

Kentucky Bend is the extreme southwestern corner of Kentucky. As of the 2000 census the population was 17 persons in this area, officially known by the United States Census Bureau as Fulton County West Census County Division (CCD), a subdivision of Fulton County. The peninsula includes the lowest point in the state of Kentucky, at the banks of the Mississippi River. The only highway into the area is Tennessee State Route 22, whose continuation into Kentucky Bend at one time was signed as Kentucky State Route 313.

The mailing address of the area is Tiptonville, Tennessee.


The Kentucky Bend covers a land area of , according to the Census Bureau. <!--The exclave was created due to the shift in course of the Mississippi after the 1812 New Madrid earthquake. No source for this!--> Surveyors marking the boundary between Kentucky and Tennessee had only estimated where their line would meet the Mississippi; later,...
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