66 Facts About Kentucky


Kentucky has been a long-standing major center of the tobacco industry.

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Today, Kentucky's economy has expanded to importance in non-agricuIturaI sectors, including auto manufacturing, energy fuel production, and medical facilities.

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The vast majority of them moved to Kentucky, pushing the Kispoko east and war broke out with the Tutelo that pushed them deeper into Appalachia, where they merged with the Saponi and Moneton.

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Kentucky was one of the border states during the American Civil War, and it remained neutral within the Union.

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Kentucky remained officially "neutral" throughout the war due to the Southern Unionists sympathies of a majority of the Commonwealth's citizens who were split between the struggle of Kentucky's sister Southern States fully in the Confederate States of America and a continued loyalty to the Unionist cause that was prevalent in other areas of the South such as in East Tennessee, West Virginia, Western North Carolina, and others.

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Kentucky has a non-contiguous part known as Kentucky Bend, at the far west corner of the state.

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Kentucky can be divided into five primary regions: the Cumberland Plateau in the east, which contains much of the historic coal mines; the north-central Bluegrass region, where the major cities and the capital are located; the south-central and western Pennyroyal Plateau; the Western Coal Fields; and the far-west Jackson Purchase.

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Kentucky has four distinct seasons, with substantial variations in the severity of summer and winter.

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In general, Kentucky has relatively hot, humid, rainy summers, and moderately cold and rainy winters.

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Kentucky has more navigable miles of water than any other state in the union, other than Alaska.

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Kentucky has both the largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi in water volume and surface area (Kentucky Lake).

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Kentucky has an expansive park system, which includes one national park, two National Recreation Areas, two National Historic Parks, two national forests, two National Wildlife Refuges, 45 state parks, 37, 896 acres of state forest, and 82 wildlife management areas.

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Kentucky has been part of two of the most successful wildlife reintroduction projects in United States history.

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Kentucky is subdivided into 120 counties, the largest being Pike County at 787.

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Two other fast-growing urban areas in Kentucky are the Bowling Green area and the "Tri-Cities Region" of southeastern Kentucky, comprising Somerset, London and Corbin.

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In northeast Kentucky, the greater Ashland area is an important transportation, manufacturing, and medical center.

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Kentucky's population has grown during every decade since records have been kept.

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Since 1900, rural Kentucky counties have had a net loss of more than a million people to migration, while urban areas have experienced a slight net gain.

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Some mining communities in far Southeastern Kentucky have populations that are between five and 10 percent African-American.

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In southern Kentucky, earthworms are called redworms, a burlap bag is known as a tow sack or the Southern grass sack, and green beans are called snap beans.

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The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky is located on the campus of Georgetown College in Georgetown.

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Early in its history, Kentucky gained recognition for its excellent farming conditions.

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Today Kentucky's economy has expanded to importance in non-agricultural terms as well, especially in auto manufacturing, energy fuel production, and medical facilities.

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Kentucky has historically been a major coal producer, but the coal industry has been in decline since the 1980s, and the number of people employed in the coal industry there dropped by more than half between 2011 and 2015.

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One such investment was L'Oreal in Northern Kentucky, which added 200 jobs on top of the 280 already in existing facilities in Florence and Walton.

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Kentucky contains two of the twenty U S Federal Penitentiaries: USP Big Sandy and USP McCreary (in the south in McCreary County in the Daniel Boone National Forest).

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In 2014 Kentucky was found to be the most affordable U S state in which to live.

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Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky imposed a tax on intangible personal property held by a taxpayer on January1 of each year.

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The resulting "Unbridled Spirit" brand was the result of a $500, 000 contract with New West, a Kentucky-based public relations advertising and marketing firm, to develop a viable brand and tag line.

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Kentucky has been the site of much educational reform over the past two decades.

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Years later, Kentucky has shown progress, but most agree that further reform is needed.

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Kentucky is served by six major Interstate highways, seven parkways, and six bypasses and spurs (I-165, I-169, I-264, I-265, I-275, and I-471).

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The Northern Kentucky area is served by the Cardinal at Cincinnati Union Terminal.

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Kentucky is one of four U S states to officially use the term commonwealth.

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Kentucky is one of only five states that elect their state officials in odd-numbered years.

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Kentucky holds elections for these offices every four years in the years preceding Presidential election years.

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Thus, Kentucky held gubernatorial elections in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

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Kentucky is one of the 32 states in the United States that sanctions the death penalty for certain murders defined as heinous.

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Kentucky has been on the front lines of the debate over displaying the Ten Commandments on public property.

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Kentucky has been known to have unusually high political candidacy age laws, especially compared to surrounding states.

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Since the late 1990s, Kentucky has supported Republican candidates for most federal political offices, and, more recently, for state-level office as well.

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Kentucky was part of the Democratic Solid South in the second half of the nineteenth century and through the majority of the twentieth century.

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From 1964 through 2004, Kentucky voted for the eventual winner of the election for President of the United States; however, in the 2008 election the state lost its bellwether status.

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Elliott County, Kentucky is notable for having held the longest streak of any county in the United States voting Democratic.

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Kentucky is one of the most anti-abortion states in the United States.

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Kentucky culture is generally considered to be firmly Southern; it is unique in that it is influenced by the Midwest and Southern Appalachia, blending with the native upper Southern culture in certain areas of the state.

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Kentucky is more similar to the Upland South in terms of ancestry that is predominantly American.

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Nevertheless, during the 19th century, Kentucky did receive a substantial number of German immigrants, who settled mostly in the Midwest and parts of the Upper South, along the Ohio River primarily in Louisville, Covington and Newport.

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Kentucky was a slave state, and black people once comprised over one-quarter of its population; however, it lacked the cotton plantation system though it did support significant and large scale tobacco plantation systems in the western and central parts of the state more similar to the plantations developed in Virginia and North Carolina than those in the Deep South, and never had the same high percentage of African Americans as most other slave states.

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Kentucky adopted the Jim Crow system of racial segregation in most public spheres after the Civil War.

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However, in 1908 Kentucky enacted the Day Law, "An Act to Prohibit White and Colored Persons from Attending the Same School", which Berea College unsuccessfully challenged at the US Supreme Court in 1908; in 1948, Lyman T Johnson filed suit for admission to the University of Kentucky; as a result in the summer of 1949, nearly thirty African American students entered UK graduate and professional programs.

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Kentucky integrated its schools after the 1954 Brown v Board of Education verdict, later adopting the first state civil rights act in the South in 1966.

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The biggest day in American horse racing, the Kentucky Derby, is preceded by the two-week Derby Festival in Louisville.

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Kentucky was home to Mildred and Patty Hill, the Louisville sisters credited with composing the tune to the ditty Happy Birthday to You in 1893; Loretta Lynn, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, and Billy Ray Cyrus (Flatwoods).

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Kentucky is home to famed jazz musician and pioneer, Lionel Hampton.

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Kentucky has played a major role in Southern and American literature, producing works that often celebrate the working class, rural life, nature, and explore issues of class, extractive economy, and family.

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Kentucky's cuisine is generally similar to and is a part of traditional southern cooking, although in some areas of the state it can blend elements of both the South and Midwest, mixing Midwestern with the native Southern cuisine of the area.

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One original Kentucky dish is called the Hot Brown, a dish normally layered in this order: toasted bread, turkey, bacon, tomatoes and topped with mornay sauce.

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Also, Western Kentucky is known for its own regional style of Southern barbecue.

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Harland Sanders, a Kentucky colonel, originated Kentucky Fried Chicken at his service station in North Corbin, though the first franchised KFC was located in South Salt Lake, Utah.

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Kentucky is the home of several sports teams such as Minor League Baseball's Triple-A Louisville Bats and High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods.

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Kentucky Wildcats are particularly notable, leading all DivisionI programs in all-time wins, win percentage, NCAA tournament appearances, and being second only to UCLA in NCAA championships.

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Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville on the first Saturday in May The Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville has hosted several editions of the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and Ryder Cup since the 1990s.

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Distinction of being named a Kentucky colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation.

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Kentucky colonels are commissioned for life and act officially as the state's goodwill ambassadors.

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