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31 Interesting Facts About Kentucky

Kentucky is the 26th-highest populated and 37th largest among the fifty states in the United States. It is located in the eastern, and southern regions of the United States. Kentucky was declared a state on June 1st, 1792.

It became one of the fifteen states to join the union. It shares its borders with seven states (Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio.) Find the complete list of states and their border here. Kentucky includes 120 counties. The capital city of Kentucky is Frankfort.

The state’s postal abbreviation is KY. state of Kentucky is KY. With these fascinating facts about Kentucky, let’s learn more about its past geography and culture, economy, people, and more.

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Facts About Kentucky

1. The Kentucky Derby, held in Louisville, is the longest horse race to be held continuously worldwide. It’s also the first and most renowned race in the Triple Crown.

2. Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday of May. It is a major event in the United States. It is called “The Most Amazing two Minutes In Sports” or “The Most Speedy Two Minutes in Sports” concerning the approximate length of the race. 

3. Thomas Edison first introduced people to the electric light bulb in the 1883 Southern Exposition, held in Louisville. According to certain sources, over 4500 light bulbs were utilized to light the exhibit at night, making it the largest exhibit of Thomas Edison’s newly invented incandescent light bulbs.

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Flag of Kentucky

4. The majority of post-it note originates from Cynthiana, Kentucky.

5. Vent Haven Museum, in Fort Mitchell, is the site where you’ll see the world’s most extensive collection of ventriloquist dolls.

6. In The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Frankfort, the city of Frankfort, a huge sundial’s shadow is affixed to the name of every veteran on the date of death. 

7. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was famously born in Kentucky However, so was the second chief of staff during the Civil War, Jefferson Davis. Hodgenville and Fairview, respectively, were their places of birth. Interestingly, both were born within log homes.

8. Every Corvette worldwide has been manufactured by Bowling Green since 1981. This facility has produced more than 1 million Corvettes since it was established. On the first day of June 1981, one of the very first Corvettes was taken off the factory’s assembly line.

9. Georgetown, Kentucky, is home to the biggest Toyota manufacturing facility anywhere in the world. It is the very first American-owned Toyota car plant. It’s where you can find Toyota’s Camry, Lexus ES 350, and Avalon. Visitors can take a tram throughout the facility and observe how the vehicles are constructed from start to end.

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10. Mammoth Cave, located in Edmonson, Hart, and Barren counties, is over 400 miles long. The cave was designated to be a World Heritage site on October 27th 31st, 1981. The longest system of caves in the world basically doubles the size of the second-placed Sac Actun, located in Mexico. 

11. The Fort Knox Bullion Depository was completed in December of 1936 at the cost of $560,000. Initial gold deposits were transported into the Depository via railroad in January of 1937. Visitors are not allowed into the vault as only president Franklin D. Roosevelt along with one Congressional delegation from 1974, were inside the vault.

12. Many states have cities named Washington to honor Washington, the first President of the United States, but Washington, Kentucky, was the first.

Kentucky on the map

13. The War of 1812 was particularly difficult for the State of Kentucky. Of the nearly 2260 American deaths, more than half of those killed were from the state. It is believed that 64 percent of Americans who died in the conflict were Kentuckians. This is sometimes referred to as”the United States’ “forgotten war”.

14. There are more waterways for people to utilize in KY than in any other state, except Alaska. Kentucky is also home to the longest number of navigable waters and streams among the states that comprise the continental 48. Kentucky is home to two of the largest man-made lakes west along the Mississippi River and the nation’s most efficient coalfield.

15. Middlesboro is one of the most distinctive city roots in the United States. The city is situated within a crater formed by the impact of a meteor.

16. Mother’s Day can trace its roots to Henderson. In the 1880s, the teacher Mary Wilson is credited for acknowledging her mother on the day. Since 1916, it has been officially recognized as a holiday.

17. Contrary to claims made by other people, Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville was the first restaurant in Louisville to serve cheeseburgers in the year 1934. 

18. Kentucky was founded as a county within Virginia. Residents did not feel that the state was properly recognizing them however they were, and in 1792 it was declared an independent state.

19. Lexington, KY. Lexington, KY, is home to the Jif peanut butter production facility. The plant produces not just fifteen different kinds of peanut butter but is also the biggest peanut butter manufacturing plant worldwide. They produce creamy, crisp, and extra-crunch peanut butter and an amazing selection of innovative spreads of peanut butter, including cinnamon peanut butter and maple peanut butter.

20. Kentucky Fried Chicken originated in the Corbin in the Corbin region, where Colonel Sanders invented this recipe, which would lead to the creation of one of the most popular fast-food chains worldwide.

21. Governor William Goebel is the only acting governor in the United States to be assassinated. He was killed in front of the state capitol at Frankfort during a demonstration in 1900.

22. Transylvania University, located in Lexington, is the oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains. The school was founded in 1780. Despite never expanding into a large school, it is still extremely selective.

23. Bluegrass music was born due to Bill Monroe, born in Rosine. His distinctive style of playing the string instrument that he played with speed and wailing spawned an entirely new genre that continues to be very popular in some parts of the United States.

24. Patty and Mildred Hill co-wrote the tune for Happy Birthday. It took a long time before it took off. Happy Birthday is now one of the most famous tracks within the English language.

25. There is a part of Ky. that isn’t linked to other parts of Ky. Around 17 square miles are connected to Tennessee on the Mississippi River. The bizarre area of the state was due to an error in surveying. The name knows the area of Kentucky Bend. Just 17 residents reside in the area. It is only 40 miles to connect to the other parts area of Ohio.

26. Anyone who drives along I-75 has seen the water tower that reads “Florence You’ll” across it. It has become an iconic symbol in the town, and has the local festival is named after it the name. It was initially intended to serve to promote the Florence Mall. The city had a ban on advertisements that were too high, which led to a swift modification of the content.

27. Florence is a city in the state of Florence that was declared a city in 1830. However, before this time, it was called by its Native American names Polecat and Pow-Wow because this region was the place where Native Americans came to exchange their furs. In addition, the region was located at the crossroads between two main country routes, which gave it the first English name, Crossroads.

28. Kentucky has numerous lakes. However, only three are naturally occurring. Humans created the remainder over the decades.

29. Kentucky is the state with the largest number of elk in the eastern portion of the United States by far. With over 11,000 elk in the state, the population will continue to increase after the only time they were brought back to Kentucky in the 1990s. [15]

30. Muhammad Ali (an ex-boxer champion in heavyweight and one of the top sports figures of this century) was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. The city now has a museum that highlights his life. 

31. The World Peace Bell, which is among the largest bells to be free-swinging anywhere in the world, is located in Newport, Kentucky.

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