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Kentucky Vacation Basic Facts

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State Amphitheater: Iroquois Amphitheater

State Arboretum: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

State Bird: Kentucky cardinal

State Bluegrass Song: Blue Moon of Kentucky

State Bourbon Festival: Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Kentucky

State Botanical Garden: University of Kentucky Arboretum

State Butterfly: viceroy

State Dog: beagle

State Drink: milk

State Fish: Kentucky bass

State Flower: goldenrod

State Fossil: brachiopod

State Fruit: blackberry

State Gemstone: fresh water pearl

State Horse: thoroughbred

State Mineral: coal

State Motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

State Musical Instrument: Appalachian dulcimer

State Nicknames: Bluegrass State

State Outdoor Musical: The Stephen Foster Story

State Quarter:

State Rock: Kentucky agate

State Science Center: Louisville Science Center

State Silverware Pattern: Old Kentucky Blue Grass, the Georgetown Pattern

State Soil: Crider soil series

State Song: My Old Kentucky Home

State Tree: tulip poplar

State Tug-o-War Championship: The Fordsville Tug-of-War Championship

State Wild Animal: grey squirrel

Official Center for Celebration of African American Heritage: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville

Official Covered Bridge: Switzer Covered Bridge

Official Pipe Band: Louisville Pipe Band

Official Steam Locomotive: Old 152

State Capitals

Harrodsburg, Kentucky Old Fort Harrod State Park, P O Box 156, Harrodsburg KY 40330-0156; 859-734-3314; 800-85-BOONE. Built in 1774, this town was the first permanent English settlement west of the Alleghenies.

Danville, Kentucky Constitution Square. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state following ten constitutional conventions at this site. Danville was the capital of Virginia's Kentucky district.

Frankfort, Kentucky Current state capital.

Bowling Green, Kentucky Confederate capital of Kentucky during the Civil War.


Kentucky Woman; My Old Kentucky Home; Blue Moon of Kentucky.

State Specials

The world's largest baseball bat, 120 ft. tall & 68,000lbs, stands at the Louisville Slugger Museum

Cumberland Falls is the only waterfall in the Northern Hemisphere to display a moonbow.

The world's longest cave, Mammoth Cave, was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the U.S., preceded only by Niagara Falls. It covers more than 360 miles of mapped trails.

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaelin's in Louisville.

All Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.

The Jif plant in Lexington is the largest peanut butter producing facility in the world.

Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana.

The first Civil War Monument was erected in Hart County in 1861. In late December 1861, August Bloedner, a German born stonemason serving in Company I, 32nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, erected the first Civil War monument in the nation. The monument was later moved to Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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.

The first observance of Mother's Day was in Henderson, Kentucky by teacher Mary S. Wilson in 1887.

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.

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