Kentucky History

Credit for this blog goes to Susie Spencer, who sent it to me in an email! 

For those of you who research family history in Kentucky, the following facts might give some dimension to your genealogy.   And for those of you who don’t, YOU might also find this interesting.
Today’s history lesson:

* The bloodiest civil war battle was fought in Perryville, Kentucky.

*The first town in the United States to be named for the first president   was Washington, Ky. It was named in 1780.

*1792 – Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the   Union *In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in   action were Kentuckians.

*1816 – (first promoted) Mammoth Cave, with 336+ miles of mapped   passages, is the world’s longest cave. It is 379 feet deep and contains   at least 5 levels of passages. It’s second only to Niagara Falls as the   most popular tourist attraction in the US. It became a National Park on   July 1, 1941.

*The first American performance of a Beethoven symphony was in Lexington   in 1817.

*Begun in 1819 the first commercial oil well was on the  Cumberland River   in McCreary County.

*Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the   Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They   were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.

*1856 – The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville

*In 1873, Louisville druggist John Colgan invented something that you can   find in any just about every grocery store in the world, chewing gum.

*1883 – The first electric light bulb was shown in Louisville. Thomas   Alva Edison introduced his invention to crowds at the Southern   Exposition.

*1887 – Mother’s Day was first observed in Henderson by teacher Mary S.   Wilson. It became a national holiday in 1916.

*The radio was invented by a Kentuckian named Nathan B. Stubblefield of   Murray in 1892. It was three years before Marconi made his claim to the   invention.

*Pike County the world’s largest producer of coal is famous for the
Hatfield-McCoy feud, an Appalachian vendetta that lasted from the Civil   War to the 1890s.

*1893 – ‘Happy Birthday to You’, probably the most sung song in the   world, was written by two Louisville sisters – Mildred and Patricia Hill.

*Late 19th century – Bibb lettuce was first cultivated by Jack Bibb in   Frankfort, Kentucky

*1896 – The first (known) set of all male quintuplets was born in

*Carrie Nation the spokesperson against rum, tobacco, pornography, and   corsets was born near Lancaster in Garrard County.

1926 – A Hot Brown is a hot sandwich originally created at the Brown   Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred K. Schmidt.

*.1934 – Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin’s Restaurant in

*1937 – The first Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a   ‘teepee’, was built by Frank A. Redford in Cave City .

*  The “Old Fashion” drink was created in Louisville KY

*The world’s largest baseball bat, a full one hundred twenty (120) feet   tall and weighing 68,000 pounds, can be seen at the Louisville Slugger   Museum in Louisville (Jefferson Co.).

*Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured only in Bowling Green.

*Covington (St. Mary’s Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption) is home to   the world’s largest hand blown stained glass window in existence. It   measures an astounding 24 feet by 67 feet and contains 117 different   figures.

*The world’s largest crucifix, standing at sixty feet tall, is in Bardstown (Nelson Co.).

*Fort Knox holds more than $6 billion worth of gold – the largest amount   stored anywhere in the world.

*The JIF plant in Lexington is the world’s largest peanut butter
producing facility.

*Kentucky has more resort parks than any other state in the nation.

*Middlesboro is the only United States city built inside a meteor crater.

*Newport is home to The World Peace Bell, the world’s largest
free-swinging bell.

*Pikeville annually leads the nation (per capita) in consumption of   Pepsi-Cola.

*Post-It Notes are made exclusively in Cynthiana, Ky.

*Shaker Village (Pleasant Hill) is the largest historic community of its   kind in the U.S.

*Christian County is ‘wet’, while Bourbon County is ‘dry’.  (‘wet ‘sells   liquor; ‘dry’ does not)

*Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.

*Lake Cumberland has more miles of shoreline than the state of Florida.

*Kentucky is best known for its beautiful blue grass.

*Cumberland is the only waterfall in the world to regularly display a   Moonbow. It is located just southwest of Corbin.

*Thunder Over Louisville is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby   Festival and is the world’s largest fireworks display.

*The only monument south of the Ohio River dedicated to Union Soldiers   who died in the Civil War is located in Vanceburg.

*High Bridge located near Nicholasville is the highest railroad bridge    over navigable water in the United States.

*The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington has 82 stained-glass windows including the world’s largest hand-blown one. The   window measures 24 feet wide by 67 feet high and depicts the Council of  Ephesus with 134 life-sized figures.

*The Lost River Cave and Valley Bowling Green includes a cave with the shortest and deepest underground river in the world. It contains the largest cave opening east of the Mississippi.

*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.

*Kentucky is the horse capitol of the world.

*Mohammed Ali, The Greatest and most recognized face in the world was born in Louisville, KY.

*There are only three things that matter in the state of Kentucky –
Bourbon, Basketball, and Horseracing.

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3 Responses to Kentucky History

  1. Randy says:

    More facts:

    Kentucky has a ton of cigarette smokers

    My brother-in-law lives in Kentucky and I’m not looking forward to visiting the state

    Just got an email from Philo Farnsworth in which he claims he invented the radio

    Other than that I hear it’s a great place

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