Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Kentucky
Kentucky, our 15th state, was admitted to the Union June 1, 1792. The 2000 census has Kentucky's population at 4,041,769, ranking 25th in the US. With a total area of 140,409 square miles, the state ranks 36th in size. Kentucky's capital is Frankfort; its largest city is Lexington.
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Kentucky State Bird: Cardinal
Kentucky State Flower: Goldenrod
Kentucky State Motto: United we stand, divided we fall
Kentucky State Song: My Old Kentucky Home
Kentucky State Tree: Tulip Poplar
Nickname: Bluegrass State
The geographic center of Kentucky lies in Marion County, 3 miles NW of Lebanon. At 4,145 feet, Black Mountain, SE of Lynch on the Virginia border, is the state's highest point. The name Kentucky is an Indian word that is variously translated as "dark and bloody ground," "meadowland," and "land of tomorrow."
Brief History: The area was originally the hunting grounds of the Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware, and Cherokee. Americans Thomas Walker and Christopher Gist explored the region in 1750. Kentucky became the first area west of the Alleghenies to be settled by American pioneers. The first permanent settlement was Harrodsburg, 1774. Daniel Boone pioneered the Wilderness Trail through the Cumberland Gap and founded Fort Boonesborough in 1775. Conflicts with Native Americans, spurred by the British, continued until General George Rogers Clark captured British forts in Indiana and Illinois in 1778, during the American Revolution. Although originally a Union state, Kentuckians had divided loyalties during the Civil War and were forced to choose sides. Kentucky's slaves were freed only after the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1865.
Kentucky is home to Mammoth Cave National Park. Other popular destinations include: Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (with Virginia and Tennessee); the Kentucky Derby, Louisville; Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley; Echo River, 360 feet below ground; Lake Cumberland; Lincoln's birthplace, Hodgenville; My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown; Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Middlesboro; Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington; and Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill.