Fun Kentucky Facts and Trivia

  1. Bluegrass Country houses some of the finest race horses in world.  
  2. Kentucky was once a popular hunting area for the Cherokee and Shawnee Indian nations before the state was settled by pioneers.  
  3. The tulip tree is the official state tree of Kentucky. 
  4. In 1934, a restaurant in Louisville was the first place to serve cheeseburgers.
  5. Bowling Green is the manufacturing site of Chevrolet Corvettes.
  6. Mammoth Cave, the longest cave in the world, is also the country’s second-oldest tourist attraction (followed only by Niagra Falls in New York).  
  7. Kentucky is the birthplace of both Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln, the presidents during the Civil War. They were born 100 miles from each other and one year apart.
  8. Bourbon County is a dry county while Christian County is wet, and the state’s most fertile land can be found in Barren County.
  9. “Happy Birthday to You” was created by two sisters in Louisville in 1893.
  10. The famous Man o’ War racehorse won every one of his races except one to a horse named Upset. 
  11. Kentucky was the first state of the western frontier.  
  12. Bluegrass comes from the blue/purple buds that grow for miles and make the green grass appear blue from a distance.
  13. A public viewing of Thomas Edison’s light bulb was first seen in 1883 in Louisville.
  14. Middlesboro is the only city in the country built within a meteor crater.
  15. Fort Knox holds more than $6 billion in gold in underground vaults.