My Old Kentucky Home

 

Kentucky became the 15th state of the United States of America on June 1, 1792.  The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country and is at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.  The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world’s finest racehorses.  Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska.  Just a few known facts about the state of Kentucky but one of the biggest attributes to the state is the beauty it possesses.  Here on this page you will find just a small sampling of what this state is all about.

 

Some of it’s treasures were Colonel Sanders of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.  Both the Presidents of the Union and the Confederacy were born in Kentucky.  Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave and is the second oldest tourist attraction next to Niagara Falls.

 

This page is dedicated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

An example of that running water we were talking about.

State Parks

Kentuckians are justifiably proud of their state park system, widely considered to be the nations best. The Commonwealth offers 17 state resort parks - more than any other state - and 23 state recreational parks. Within this system, visitors can hike, bike, camp, golf, fish, boat, swim, picnic, and bask in the warm glow of our famed Kentucky hospitality.  Above a scene from Levi Jackson State Park.

State Resort Parks

One of the State Resort Parks in Kentucky.  The difference between a resort park and state park; the resort parks will have a lodge and some will have cabins to rent.  Above is the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park.

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Some of downtown Lexington, Kentucky

State Capitol Frankfort, Kentucky

Ashland, home of Henry Clay.  One of the many historic landmarks.

There are hundreds of hiking trails and sites for camping in Kentucky.  Thousands of miles of rivers and more than 50 fishing and boating lakes (more coastline than Florida).  White water rafting and canoeing and the longest cave system in the world.  Nearly 900,000 acres of national forests and 51 state parks.

 

Capital City: Frankfort

 

Nickname: Bluegrass State

 

Motto: United we stand, divided we fall

 

Statehood: June 1, 1792 (15th)

 

Origin of State's Name: Based on the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," meaning "land of tomorrow." or "dark and bloody ground"

 

Largest City: Louisville

 

Border States: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

 

Land Area: 39,732 sq. mi.; 36th largest

 

State Bird: Cardinal

 

State Flower: Goldenrod (solidago altissima)

 

State Tree: Tulip Poplar

 

State Songs: My Old Kentucky Home

Blue Moon of Kentucky (bluegrass song)