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Placed on a navy blue field is the seal and words "Commonwealth of Kentucky". The two people on the seal, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky's motto: "United We Stand; Divided We Fall". Sprays of goldenrod extend in a half circle around the picture.


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************* Kentucky Facts and Trivia ***************

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.


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The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world's finest racehorses.

Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by white settlers.

In 1774 Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.

The old official state tree was the Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus.) The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the current official state tree. The change was made in 1976.

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.

Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States. Niagara Falls, New York is first.

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

The first Miss America from Kentucky is Heather Renee French. She was crowned September 18, 1999.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.

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.

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

Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.

Shelby County is recognized as the Saddlebred Capital of Kentucky.

The town of Corbin was the birthplace of old time movie star Arthur Lake whose real surname was Silverlake: He played the role of Dagwood in the "Blondie" films of the 1930s and ‘40s. Lake's parents were trapeze artists billed as The Flying Silverlakes.

Christian County is wet while Bourbon County is dry. Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.

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

More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.

The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.

Teacher Mary S. Wilson held the first observance of Mother's Day in Henderson in 1887. It was made a national holiday in 1916.

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

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

Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana. The exact number made annually of these popular notes is a trade secret.

Kentucky was the 15th state to join the Union and the first on the western frontier.

Bluegrass is not really blue--its green--but in the spring bluegrass produces bluish purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast to the grass. Today Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.

The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.

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.

The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.

In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.

Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater.

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

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

More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.
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The swimsuit Mark Spitz wore in the 1972 Olympic games was manufactured in Paris, Kentucky.

Frederick Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court known to be born in jail.



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