The Bluegrass State of Kentucky
Kentucky is known for things such as its bluegrass, horses, and its rich history. Originally part of Virginia, Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792. It was settled by such notable pioneers as Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and George Rogers Clark, who fought and bargained with Native Americans for the opportunity to live on the sacred hunting grounds.
Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city, located along the Ohio River on the Indiana border. Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, is located here, as is the Louisville Slugger factory where the famous baseball bats are produced. Lexington is the next largest city, located in the central part of the state. Rupp Arena, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball team is located in the centre of downtown, just down the street from the historic home of Mary Todd Lincoln. Horse lovers may visit the many beautiful horse farms, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Keeneland Race Track.
Probably the most visited place in Kentucky is Mammoth Caves National Park, which has the world’s longest known cave system. Many of the State Parks have historical connections, such as Fort Boonesboro located in Winchester, Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg, and My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown. Of course, tributes to Kentucky’s most noted historical figure, Abraham Lincoln, can be found at his birthplace in Hodgenville and the Lincoln Homestead Park in Springfield. The Battlefields of Perryville and Blue Licks are also “must-sees” for history buffs. Some State Parks have natural attractions, such as Natural Bridge in Slade, and Cumberland Falls, the Niagra of the South, in Corbin, where a moon-bow can be seen at various times.
Kentucky has much to offer for a variety of interests. Whether it’s visiting Shakertown, the breweries, or an outdoor theatre, Kentucky is sure not to disappoint.