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The city was incorporated in 1890 as "Middlesborough", named after the town of Middlesbrough on the south bank of the River Tees in what was then the North Riding of Yorkshire, now known as North Yorkshire England. The U.S. Post Office began using the spelling "Middlesboro" in 1894, Both spellings are used interchangeably; for example, the city's school district uses the Middlesboro spelling, as does the Kentucky Secretary of State's Land Office.

The city is located on the Kentucky side of the Cumberland Gap near Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Middlesboro is the only U.S. city built inside a meteorite crater.