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Kentucky Info

  • Capital: Frankfort
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Ken. /KY.
  • Nickname: Bluegrass State.
  • Organized as territory: Actually, never. Kentucky was a part of Virginia when the Southwest Territory was organized in 1790.
  • Entered Union: 01JUNE 1792.
  • Present constitution adopted: 1891.
  • Motto: United we stand, divided we fall.
  • Land area: Kentucky covers 40,411 square miles, making it the 37th largest state.
  • Highest point: Black Mountain, which is 4,139 feet above sea level.
  • Lowest point: Mississippi River, 257 feet.
  • Notable topography: North: Rounded hills of the Knobs; East: Mountainous; Central: Bluegrass prairie. Also Cumberland Plateau, Pennyroyal Region, Western Coalfield, and Jackson Purchase Region.
  • Geographic center: Marion, 3 miles north/northwest of Lebanon.
  • Number of counties: 120.
  • Largest county: Pike County, 788 square miles (2,041 km2).
  • Major lakes: Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland.
  • Major rivers: Cumberland River, Green River, Kentucky River, Mississippi River, Ohio River.

State Symbols:

  • Bird: Cardinal.
  • Fish: Kentucky Spotted Bass, adopted 1956.
  • Flower: Goldenrod.
  • Fossil: Brachiopod, adopted 1986 (South Carolina's state fossil was Strom Thurmond).
  • Tree: Yellow poplar.

Largest Cities:

  • Louisville.
  • Lexington - Fayette.
  • Owensboro.
  • Bowling Green.
  • Covington.
  • Hopkinsville.
  • Frankfort.
  • Henderson.
  • Richmond.
  • Jeffersontown.

Some Famous Natives of Kentucky:

  • Muhammad Ali. Boxer. Louisville.
  • Louis D. Brandeis. Jurist. Louisville.
  • Kit Carson. Scout. Madison City.
  • Jefferson Davis. Politician. President of the Confederacy. Fairview.
  • Crystal Gayle. Singer. Paintsville.
  • Casey Jones. Railroad engineer. Cayce.
  • Abraham Lincoln. U.S. president. Hodgenville.
  • Loretta Lynn. Singer. Butchers Hollow.
  • Diane Sawyer. Television journalist. Glasgow.
  • Hunter Thompson writer, Louisville.
  • Robert Penn Warren. Author. Guthrie.

Some Kentucky Corporations:

  • Air Kentucky.
  • Ashland.
  • Camping World.
  • Fruit of the Loom.
  • General Cable.
  • Holley Performance Products.
  • Houchens Industries.
  • Keith Coleman Racing.
  • Paxton Media Group.
  • Purple House Press.
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.
  • Universal Mobility Solutions, LLC.
  • Wild Flavors, Inc.

Some Kentucky Factoids

  • The Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, is the oldest regularly held horse race in the USA.
  • Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville was the first restaurant to serve cheeseburgers (1934).
  • Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world.
  • In 1819, workers drilled the first commercial oil well (on the Cumberland River in McCreary County).
  • Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, about 100 miles and one year apart from each other.
  • Over 100 native Kentuckians won election to governor--of a state other than Kentucky.
  • The Corvette is built in the Bowling Green Plant. Kentucky is home to many Corvette-related events. If you see a caravan of Corvettes heading down the same highway you're driving on, don't be surprised. That's normal.

Some Kentucky Attractions

  • American Saddlebred Capital of the World. Shelbyville.
  • Belle of Louisville, National Historic Landmark. Louisville.
  • Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Hodgenville.
  • Birthplace of Jefferson Davis.  Fairview (about 100 miles from Hodgenville).
  • Birthplace of Loretta Lynn. Butcher Hollow.
  • Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. Louisville.
  • International Barbecue Festival. Owensboro,
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Golden Pond.
  • Lost River Cave. Bowling Green.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Louisville.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park. Cave City.
  • Red River Gorge. Slade.
  • World’s Championship Horse Show. Louisville.


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