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Kentucky
( The Bluegrass State )
Kentucky Map Its name comes from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," or "land of tomorrow." Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen settled in Kentucky in 1769. Admitted into the Union in 1792, Kentucky is the 15th state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains. It is known as the "Bluegrass State" because of the blue blossoms of the lush grass around Lexington. Kentucky is one of the border states that lie between the North and the South. Rich tobacco fields and champion race horses have long been symbols of Kentucky. Today, Kentucky is associated with coal mines, horse farms ,and racing. Each May, huge crowds in Louisville thrill to the excitement of the Kentucky Derby horse race, America's most prestigious horse race. Visitors to Kentucky may choose from many scenic attractions, recreational facilities and historic sites. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Kentucky include: Muhammad Ali, George Clooney, Abraham Lincoln, Gus Van Sant,

The Flag of Kentucky
Kentucky state flag Entered the Union in 1792 as the 15th State; flag adopted in 1918, modified in 1962. The frontiersman and hunter, representing Kentucky and the original States, express the meaning of the motto in the seal. The State flower frames the design at the bottom.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Lexington-Fayette, 260,512; Louisville, 256,231; Owensboro, 54,067; Bowling Green, 49,296; Covington, 43,370; Hopkinsville, 30,089; Frankfort, 27,741; Henderson, 27,373; Richmond, 27,152; Jeffersontown, 26,633
 
Business and Trade in Kentucky
Agriculture: Horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn.

Industries: Transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Flower: Goldenrod (solidago altissima)
  • Tree: Tulip Poplar
  • Song(s): My Old Kentucky Home
    Blue Moon of Kentucky (bluegrass song)
  • Motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Kentucky Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Cave Run Lake - Morehead
Rough River Lake - Falls of Rough
Green River Lake - Campbellsville
Headley-Whitney Museum - Lexington
McAlpine Lock And Dam +Ohio River - Louisville
capital  Capital: Frankfort

statehood  Statehood: 1792-06-01

population  Population:
4,041,769 (101.7 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 40,409.02
    Water 680.85
    Land 39,728.18
    Rank 36th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Kentucky, there are 1,750,927 housing units, averaging to 44.1 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Ceiling of Drapery Room Inside Mammouth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA
Ceiling of Drapery Room Inside Mammouth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA
Photographic Print 16" x 12"

 
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