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Friday, 23 October 2015

Kentucky

Originally Virginia's westernmost county, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to join the Union in 1792.

While on a trip to New Orleans in 1852, Stephen Foster stopped in Kentucky to visit a cousin's house, called Federal Hill, near Bardstown. There, it is said, he wrote "My Old Kentucky Home." It became Kentucky's state song on March 19, 1928. The state maintains Federal Hill as a memorial to Foster.



Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State" because of a kind of grass that grows in many of its pastures whose flower heads are blue.

The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs near the city of Louisville.

The small Kentucky town of Hodgenville, famous for being the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln. hosts an annual Lincoln Days Celebration.

Bowling Green, Kentucky's third-largest city, is home to the only assembly plant in the world that manufactures the Chevrolet Corvette.The one-million-square-foot compound was built in 1981, after General Motors decided to move the facility from St. Louis.

In Kentucky, there exists more barrels of Bourbon whiskey (4.8 million) than people (4.2 million).

Kentucky is home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States.

With 405 miles of surveyed passageways Mammoth Cave in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park is the world's longest known cave system.

Kentucky has more navigable miles of water than any other state in the continental U.S. Its 1,100 miles of rivers and lakes are second only to Alaska.

Lake Cumberland is the largest artificial American lake east of the Mississippi River by volume.

Lake Cumberland

Fort Knox is a United States Army post in Kentucky south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown. Named after Henry Knox, the Continental Army's chief of artillery during the Revolutionary War, it is the site of the U.S. Bullion Reservatory (where the country's federal gold is kept).

In 2014, Kentucky was found to be the most affordable US state in which to live.

By law, each citizen of Kentucky is required to bathe once each year.

Source Mentalfloss.com

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