Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the Upper South of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 states.
The flag has a deep blue background with part of the state seal in the center. In the center are the words "COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY" and "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL." On the seal, a pioneer and a statesman are shaking hands. Goldenrod flowers encircle the bottom half of the seal.
From the action-packed Kentucky Derby in Louisville to the dramatic terrain of Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky is truly a playground for your senses!
More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox – the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.
Kentucky prohibited the importation of slaves into the state for sale in 1833. However, because of the lucrative nature of the slave trade, slaves continued to be bought and sold, despite legal restrictions.
Kentucky also produces significant amounts of petroleum, natural gas, fluorspar, clay, and stone. However, coal accounts for 85% of the total mineral income.
More than 20 percent of its farm receipts come from tobacco. The state has the largest concentration of whiskey distilleries in the U.S., although 70 of the 120 counties are dry.
Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792, becoming the first U.S. state west of the Appalachian Mountains.
In 1774, James Harrod constructed the first permanent settlement in Kentucky at Fort Harrod, the site of present-day Harrodsburg. Boonesboro was established in 1775, and many other settlements were created soon after.
Politically, the Kentucky region was originally part of Virginia, but statehood was gained in 1792.
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.
The Date that Kentucky was admitted to the Union - June 1, 1792. Constitution - Kentucky was the 15th State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " United we stand, divided we fall "
Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.
The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.
When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Kentucky was torn apart by conflicting loyalties. Officially a neutral state, brother often fought against brother as Kentucky supplied approximately 100,000 troops to the North and 40,000 troops to the South.