By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Last month, I covered the life and history of Daniel Boone, a famous Kentucky pioneer. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This month, I decided to share a few fast facts and little tidbits about Kentucky itself. So, here we go!
To begin, I thought it would be fun to share the five (5) different way of pronouncing the state's largest city: Louisville. They are: Louie-Ville, Luis-Ville, Loo-a-Vull, Loo-A-Ville, and Luhvul. Try each one out for yourself. See which one rolls off the tongue the smoothest. Me? I'm either Louie-Ville or Loo-a-Vull, depending upon my mood and audience. :)
Moving ahead to the next war in the U.S., Kentucky is sadly the state with the highest number of casualties from the War of 1812, over half of the total from all troops who served. There were about twenty-four thousand (24,000) who died, which accounts for about 64% of the total deaths. For the next fifty (50) years, patriots from all over the state continued to fight for and protect the U.S. Although Kentucky sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War, the population here was deeply divided, and many Kentucky residents actually fought for the North.
It is also second (2nd) only to Alaska with the most miles of running water! Hard to believe, isn't it? The diverse rivers and waterways unfold to a length of 1,068 commercially navigable miles which is over 1,770 kilometers.
If you're a fan of natural wonders, Kentucky is also home to the largest and longest cave system in the world! Mammoth Cave is a national park in central Kentucky, and it's also one of the oldest tourist attractions, having received its national park distinction on July 1, 1941. My family will be visiting there in August this year, so I'll be sure to throw in some photos here as a little bonus.
Here we go with some fast facts:
- Known primarily as an agricultural area into the 20th century, Kentucky is also a major U.S. coal producer.
- The U.S. military bases Fort Knox and Fort Campbell are found in Kentucky.
- Bluegrass music is famous in Kentucky, pioneered by Kentucky native Bill Monroe. He was a mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, and the music style originated in the Appalachian region of southeast Kentucky.
- Thomas Edison once worked at a Western Union office in Louisville and had no intention of leaving, but he was fired when he accidentally spilled sulfuric acid on his boss's furniture. Of course, he soon became a famous inventor, so it all worked out!
- Mother's Day originated in Kentucky. Mary Towles Sasseen celebrated the first mother’s day to honor her mother. The recognition goes to her in 1887 as the founder of Mother’s Day.
- The tune of "Happy Birthday to You" was written by two Kentuckian sisters. The American songwriter Mildred Hill, along with her sister Patty Hill, wrote the music that is now world-famous.
- Bowling Green has the world's only Corvette plant.
- The 3M plant in Cythiana is the only one that produces the legendary Post-It Notes.
- Black Mountain is the highest point in Kentucky at 4, 145 feet right near the border with Virginia.
- The state bird is the Kentucky cardinal.
- The state's nickname is given because of the unique grass that grows here. It appears blue in the springtime because of the buds that grow amidst the blades.
* What tidbits or notable things can be found in YOUR state?
* Have you ever visited Kentucky? Where did you go and what did you see?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments you might have on this post in the box below. Come back on the 9th of April to learn about The Kentucky Derby.