10 Interesting Kentucky Facts
Kentucky is a U.S. state located in the southern United States, although geographically sometimes also incorporated into the Midwest. In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is also known for Thoroughbred horses, horse racing, bourbon whiskey distillery and bluegrass music. Here are 10 interesting Kentucky facts.
1. James Harrod established the first permanent settlement at Harrodsburg in 1774. The following year Daniel Boone, who has been exploring the area in 1767, blazed the Wilderness Trail through Cumberland Gap and founded Boonesboro.
2. Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, political figures and one of U.S. president, both were born in Kentucky in nine months of each other.
3. Cumberland Falls is known as the “Niagara of the South”
4. More than $ 6 billion of gold contained underground Fort Knox, the largest amount of gold stored in the world.
5. Kentucky Derby is the oldest horse race in the U.S. Horse racing is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
6. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States.
7. In the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast rich grass. Early traders began asking the seed of the “blue grass from Kentucky.” The name stuck and today Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State”.
8. Fleming County Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.
9. Middlesboro, Kentucky the only city in the U.S. is built in a meteor crater.
10. Facts about Kentucky are that all Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured in Bowling Green.