West Liberty is home to the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex. An extended campus of Morehead State University and University Of Kentucky's Regional Technology Center are both located within the town. By 1816 an early settlement at the town site was called Wells Mills. When Morgan County was founded in 1823, the settlement was incorporated to become the county seat. The town is actually 100 miles east of Liberty, Kentucky - the name "West Liberty" was chosen in the belief that Pikeville, Kentucky would be called "Liberty" when it incorporated.