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Kentucky--Unique Fact/s, Significant Occurrences, or Just Plain Weird Information on Its Towns and Cities Ivan Gillis

Kentucky--Unique Fact/s, Significant Occurrences, or Just Plain Weird Information on Its Towns and Cities

Ivan Gillis

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Kentucky--Unique Fact/s, Significant Occurrences, or Just Plain Weird Information on Its Towns andKentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of total area, the 36th largest in land area, and ranks 26th in population.Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State, a nickname based on the fact that native bluegrass is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil. It made possible the breeding of high-quality livestock, especially thoroughbred racing horses. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the worlds longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park- the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the Lower 48 states- and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. It is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nations most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, automobile manufacturing, tobacco and college basketball.Kentucky is the only U.S. state to have a non-contiguous part existing as an exclave surrounded by other states.Only three U.S. states have capitals with smaller populations than Kentuckys Frankfort (pop. 25,527), those being Augusta, Maine (pop. 18,560), Pierre, South Dakota (pop. 13,876), and Montpelier, Vermont (pop. 8,035).Bowling Green, is the states third-largest city and home to the only assembly plant in the world that manufactures the Chevrolet Corvette, and opened the National Corvette Museum in 1994.The fourth-largest city, Owensboro, gives credence to its nickname of Barbecue Capital of the World by hosting the annual International Bar-B-Q Festival.The more rural communities are not without traditions of their own, however. Hodgenville, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, hosts the annual Lincoln Days Celebration, and will also host the kick-off for the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in February 2008.Richmond is the birthplace of Kit Carson and Leigh Ann Hester the only female winner of the Silver Star in combat. Kentucky-- Unique Fact/s, Significant Occurrences, or Just Plain Weird Information on a State’s Towns and CitiesKentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of total area, the 36th largest in land area, and ranks 26th in population.Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State, a nickname based on the fact that native bluegrass is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil. It made possible the breeding of high-quality livestock, especially thoroughbred racing horses.It has the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the Lower 48 states- and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.