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Irvine is the county seat of Estill County, Kentucky, and had a population of 2,715 at the time of the year 2010 U.S. census. It is located on the Kentucky River at the junction of Kentucky Route 52 and Kentucky Route 89. Irvine annually hosts the Mountain Mushroom Festival on the last weekend of April, and Irvine and nearby Ravenna are known within Estill County as the Twin Cities. Gen. Green Clay established the town of Irvine on 20.5 acres of his land on January 28, 1812, four years after Estill was separated from Madison County. It was named for Col. William Irvine, a pioneer settler of Madison County. The post office was established in 1813, and the city was incorporated by the state legislature in 1849. Even by Kentucky standards, Irvine remained small until the 1870s, when its population passed 300. Connection to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad's North Fork, as well as an early-20th century coal boom around the city, greatly increased the local population.