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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|Governor||Steven L. Beshear (Democrat, to December 2015)|
|Entered the Union||June 1, 1792|
as the 15th state
|Motto||United We Stand, Divided We Fall|
|Nickname||The Bluegrass State|
|Song||My Old Kentucky Home|
|Professional Sports Teams||No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||From an Iroquoian word “Ken-tah-ten” meaning “land of tomorrow”|
|Historical Sites||Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Fort Knox, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Fort Boonesborough State Park, Fort Campbell Memorial Park, Fort Duffield, Old Fort Harrod Stat e Park|
|Points of Interest||Kentucky Derby, Mammoth Cave National Park, Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge Geological Area|
|Bordering States||Kentucky borders Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.|
Follow these links to read articles about Kentucky from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Kentucky.gov: My New Kentucky Home
This is the official website for the State of Kentucky.
- Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Here is the homepage for the Kentucky State Library Agency and the Kentucky State Archives.
- Kentucky Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Kentucky State Historical Society.
- Kentucky State Parks
Here is the homepage for Kentucky State Parks.
- TourKy: Kentucky Tourism Council
Here is the official state tourism website for Kentucky.
- Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit
Here is the official state travel website for Kentucky.
- Kentucky.gov Kid’s Pages
Here is a list of helpful links for kids gathered by the Kentucky state government.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Kentucky
The site provides a wealth of information about Kentucky. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Kentucky
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Kentucky’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Kentucky Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Kentucky.
Kentucky.com is the online partner of the Lexington Herald-Leader newspapers and offers a gateway to things about Kentucky on the Internet. Check it out for news, sports, entertainment, classifieds and more.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Kentucky
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Kentucky.
- The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
- The Bluegrass country around Lexington is the home of some of the world’s finest race horses.
- Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to settlement by whites.
- In 1774, Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led the team of surveyors.
- The state tree is the Tulip poplar.
- Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville.
- All Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.
- Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave and was first promoted in 1816. This makes it the second oldest tourist attraction in the U.S., preceded only by Niagara Falls.
- The first commercial oil well was on the Cumberland River in McCreary County Kentucky in 1819.
Some Famous People from this State
- Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) (1942 – ), world heavyweight boxing champion.
- Jefferson Davis (1808 – 1889), only president of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865.
- Presidents from Kentucky with links to ipl’s POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
- Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865), 16th president of the United States.
- Harold (“Pee Wee”) Reese (1919 – ), baseball shortstop with Brooklyn Dodgers.
- (“Col.”) Harland Sanders (1890 – 1980), founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.
- John T. Scopes (1900 – 1970), defendant in the “monkey trial” in Dayton, Tenn., charged with illegal teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution; convicted and fined $100.
- Kit Carson (1809 – 1868), scout and Indian agent.