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27 Unbelievable Kentucky History Facts For Your Kids

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Kentucky is a colorful state located in southeastern America.

Kentucky is bordered toward the north by Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, toward the east by Virginia and West Virginia, to the south by Tennessee, and to the west by Missouri. Kentucky gets its name from a Native American language, although there are a few alternative interpretations of what it means.

One common theory is that it is derived from the Iroquois term 'ken-tah-ten', which means 'land of tomorrow'. The Ohio River forms the Commonwealth's northern boundary. Frankfort is the state capital, while Louisville and Lexington are two major cities, and these two cities, as well as a city called Bowling Green, are three of the largest cities in the state. Seven states surround the Commonwealth. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the 15th state, separating in the process from Virginia. This great state is known to be the 'Bluegrass State', a moniker derived from Kentucky bluegrass, a grass species found in many of the state's pastures and which has aided the thoroughbred horse industry in the central region. Because of this bluegrass, Kentucky has a long history of having good agricultural conditions and natural resources and is called a bluegrass region.

Kentucky is ranked fifth in goat farming, eighth in beef cattle output, and 14th in maize production in the United States. Kentucky has also been a key hub of the tobacco business for a long time. Kentucky's economy has grown to include non-agricultural industries such as car manufacturing, energy fuel generation, and medical institutions. Kentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of land area, with 39,490 sq mi (102,278 sq km). Kentucky's population is 4,509,342 people, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures. Kentucky became the first U.S. state west of the Appalachian Mountains when it was awarded statehood in 1792. The Jackson Purchase, which was annexed to Kentucky in 1818 and included lowlands with ponds, lakes, and marshes, is located in the far west.

The History Of Kentucky

The prehistory and history of Kentucky state go back thousands of years, and the state's varied topography and central position have shaped it.

  • It's probable that Kentucky's human history started before 10,000 BCE, based on evidence from the neighboring mountain region.
  • Around 1800 BCE, a gradual shift from a hunter-gatherer economy to agriculture started.
  • The Mississippian culture (as Kentucky is close to the Mississippi River) emerged in central and western Kentucky about 900 CE, while the Fort Ancient civilization emerged in eastern Kentucky. The Fort Ancient civilization lacked the Mississippian's unique ceremonial earthen mounds, despite their numerous parallels and Fort Ancient being close to the Mississippi River.
  • In the late 17th century, the first Europeans to visit Kentucky came across the Ohio River from the northeast and via a natural pass in the Appalachian Mountains from the southeast.
  • Frontiersman Daniel Boone (after whom the Daniel Boone National Forest is named) found the Cumberland Gap in the lower Appalachians in 1769, while on the first of multiple hunting journeys.
  • Meanwhile, Harrod's Town, the first permanent white settlement, was constructed under the jurisdiction of the Royal Government of Virginia from the north, through the Ohio River, to the Kentucky River.
  • Boone and 35 axmen constructed the Wilderness Road, which provided a direct, overland migration route to Kentucky.
  • Colonel Daniel Boone, Colonel Richard Henderson, Captain James Harrod, and 11 other colonial colonels formed the Colony of Transylvania when they assembled for the Transylvania Convention on May 23, 1775, to draft the 'Kentucky Magna Carta', a 200 mi (322 km) route constructed by pioneers. Frankfort was the only Union capital seized by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.


Nicknames Of Kentucky

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has multiple nicknames including the Bluegrass State, the Tobacco State, the Rock-Ribbed State, and the Hemp State.

The Kentucky Horse Park

Celebrities From Kentucky

Kentucky is home to a number of world-famous people who were born and raised there.

  • This includes Colonel Harland David Sanders, the famous founder of KFC; the dashing George Clooney; and the legendary Johnny Depp; all of whom have made it big in many fields such as movies, politics, music, and academia.
  • Kentucky is where Jennifer Lawrence, Abraham Lincoln, Billy Ray Cyrus, Muhammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, and Conrad Bachmann were born or raised.
  • Many notable people have come from this state.


Famous Things From Kentucky

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), horse racing, bluegrass music, coal, and college basketball are all famous things from Kentucky.

  • The Kentucky Derby is the country's longest-running horse race. Every letter of the alphabet has been used to name Kentucky Derby horses, with the exception of 'X'.
  • Thunder Over Louisville is the name of the opening ceremony of the Kentucky Derby, which contains the world's biggest fireworks display.
  • Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville every May.
  • Located in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the United States Bullion Depository has more than $290 billion worth of gold stored in underground vaults, making Fort Knox the world's biggest gold storage facility.
  • With roughly more than 400 mi (644 km) of a cave system investigated, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky has the world's longest system. Mammoth Cave is also the country's second-oldest tourist attraction (right behind Niagara Falls).
  • The Kentucky Horse Park hosts prominent events such as the Kentucky World's Championship Horse Show and the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, as well as some of the world's best thoroughbred farms and auctions.
  • The Kentucky Derby Museum is an extremely famous place in Kentucky.
  • The Louisville Slugger bat company, Hillerich & Bradsby, was established in Louisville.
  • Black Mountain in Harlan County is Kentucky state's highest point.
  • In Louisville, Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court judge, was born in 1856.
  • In 1994, the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) was named Kentucky's official state tree.
  • In 1893, two sisters (Mildred and Patty Hill) from Louisville wrote the iconic song 'Happy Birthday to You'. This Happy Birthday anthem is sung to date and is probably the most common birthday song.
  • Despite the fact that no conflicts were fought inside the state, more than half of all Americans killed in combat during the War of 1812 were from Kentucky.
  • According to history, the first cheeseburger was served in 1934 at Kaelin's restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.

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