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Kentucky was named for an Indian word 'Kenhtahkeh' that means "meadowland" or "prairie"
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Kentucky was a part of Virginia until Virginia agreed to part with Kentucky. On June 1, 1792 it joined the union as the 15th state.

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Kentucky is officially named 'the Commonwealth of Kentucky' It is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the other three are Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts)
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Held every year since 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. The race is a short distance of 1¼ miles (about 2 km) The winning horse is draped with a blanket of roses, coining another nickname for the race "The Run for the Roses"
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In the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds that when seen in large fields give a bluish tinge to the grass. Early traders began asking the seed of the “blue grass from Kentucky.” The name stuck and today Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State”.
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In 1774, Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.
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Kentucky's 400-miles-long Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States.
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Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the victor and vanquished of the American Civil War, both were born in Kentucky. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.
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World's most popular song, “Happy Birthday to You”, was originally written in 1893 by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters who taught Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School in Louisville, Kentucky. Their original song was called “Good Morning to All” and used by teachers to sing to students
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Cumberland Falls in Kentucky is only place in Western Hemisphere to spot a moonbow on a regular basis (a rainbow made from light reflected off of the moon at night) On clear full-moon nights and possibly two nights prior and after full-moon, visitors can spot the rare moonbow in the falls' spray.

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In 1956, Kentucky’s state legislature named the tulip poplar the state tree, but a clerical error made the law untenable. So, in 1976, the legislature named the Kentucky coffee tree as the state tree. But, tulip poplar fans kept agitating until the tulip poplar was once again named Kentucky’s state tree in 1994.
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Kentucky Bend is a tiny exclave in a meander of the Mississippi River. Though it is part of Kentucky, it does not share border with it; it is bordered by Tennessee to the south and Missouri on all other sides. The mailing address of its residents is Tiptonville, Tennessee, which lies to its south, although the nearest post office is in New Madrid, Missouri. So, Kentucky Bend residens has to travel through another state to reach their capital city
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The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin
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Soon after becoming a state (technically, commonwealth), a log cabin in Lexington was chosen as the first official seat of government and capitol of Kentucky. It was located between the streets of Mill and Broadway. There the delegates, during the 1792 Legislative session, voted to place the permanent Capital of the state in the sleepy port city of Frankfort, situated on the Kentucky River. The legislature was influenced by Andrew Holmes's offer to donate a house formerly occupied by Gen. James Wilkinson, including 9 city lots and the building material to construct the statehouse if Frankfort was made permanent capital for Kentucky. The legislature met in the Wilkinson House for its first session in 1793.
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Kentucky's highest point is Black Mountain in Harlan County, 4,145 feet (1,264 meters) above sea level; its lowest point, the Mississippi River in Fulton County, 257 feet (78 meters) above sea level.
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During the Civil War, Frankfort was the only Union state capital occupied by Confederate troops.
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World's largest annual fireworks show, 'Thunder over Louisville', marks official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival.
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Kentucky’s governors must swear an oath before taking office that they have neither fought a duel with deadly weapons nor aided or assisted any person fighting one
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3M launched the 'Post-it note' as "Press 'n Peel" in 1977, without success. On April 6, 1980, "Press 'n Peel" was re-introduced in US stores as "Post-It Notes". Until 3M's patent expired in the 1990s, post-it type notes were produced only in the company's plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
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Washington, KY was the first town to be named after USA's first president. It was named after him in 1780 when he was still president.
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Fort Knox (United States Bullion Depository) in Kentucky holds the largest gold reserve in the world. It is estimated that about8000 tons of gold (5 percent of all the gold ever refined throughout human history) is safely stored there.
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Thomas Edison introduced his greatest invention (electric light bulb) to the public at the 1893 Southern Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky
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Kentucky is the only U.S. state to have a continuous border of rivers running along three of its sides—the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Big Sandy River and Tug Fork to the east. Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state in contiguous United States.
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Kentucky names coal fires for the people who first report them. The Ruth Mullins fire, named after the lady who discovered it, is an underground mine fire in Bulan, Kentucky. Also known as the Lost Mountain fire, it is burning out of control just below the Earth's surface and has been raging for many years. Currently there are no efforts to put it out as underground coal fires are nearly impossible to put out.
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Although Illinois calls itself "land of Lincoln", Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm, near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He is the only US president born in Kentucky
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Despite the fact that there were no battles fought within Kentucky, more than half of all Americans killed in action during the War of 1812 were from Kentucky
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Kentucky is the only state to have the last two letters of its name as its postal abbreviation (KY)
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On January 30, 1900, Kentucky Governor William Goebel was assassinated while walking to the State Capitol in downtown Frankfort. Goebel is the only governor of a U.S. state to have been assassinated while in office
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Kentucky is one of only five states that elects its state officials in odd-numbered years (Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia are the others). Kentucky holds elections for state offices every 4 years in the years preceding Presidential election years. (2011, 2015, 2019 ...)
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Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by white settlers
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Though Kentucky wanted to be neutral in the American Civil War, because of the state’s strategic location, neither side fully respected Kentucky’s neutrality. Both the Union and the Confederacy claimed Kentucky as their state. Besides the opposing presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, Confederate Generals John Bell Hood and Albert Sidney Johnston had both been born in Kentucky. Kentucky was the only state represented in the cabinets of both the Union and Confederate governments: James Speed was the Union attorney general, and John Cabell Breckinridge was the Confederate secretary of war.
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Bowling Green, Kentucky is home to the only assembly plant in the world that manufactures the Chevrolet Corvette