Located in the southeastern region of the United States, Kentucky is bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Bluegrass State is officially known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and was the 15th state to join the Union. Although known for its blue grass music, bourbon, and horse racing; the state is filled with plenty of facts you may not realize.
1. One of the Most Famous Horses Born in Kentucky Never Ran the Kentucky Derby
Man o’ War, who was foaled close to Lexington, Kentucky, at the Nursery Stud, was considered to be one of the greatest thoroughbred horses of all time. However, not only did he not run in the Kentucky Derby, but he never ran a race in the entire state of Kentucky.
2. Home of the Second Oldest Tourist Attraction in the United States
Known as the Mammoth Cave, this national park is based on the preservation of the longest cave system in the entire world. The park first opened in 1816, and contains over 390 miles of cave passages dating back to around 10 million years ago.
3. Kentucky Was Considered for the Nation’s Capital
The city of Richmond was once considered a contender for our nation’s capital. However, it eventually lost to Washington, D.C. because of its lack of access to seaports.
4. Home to the Only Union Soldier Memorial South of the Ohio River
Kentucky was considered an important part to winning the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln; and although it was a slave state, it was still considered part of the Union. During 1884, the citizens built a 34 foot memorial to honor the 107 men from Lewis County who lost their lives for the Union cause.
5. Home of the World’s Largest Firework Display
Known as the Thunder Over Louisville, this famous firework display is part of the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby festivities.