Kentucky is well known for breeding some of the finest horses in the world. They also host the most popular horse races at the Kentucky Derby. There are, however, a lot of things that most people do not know about this great state.
Unless you are a huge fan of the Boy Scouts of America chances are that you did not know that there is an entire museum dedicated to its history. You can find this museum in the town of Murray. It is located on the grounds of the Murray State University.
Before the introduction of white settlers to the area it was inhabited by some of the most well-known Native American tribes. Both the Cherokee and the Shawnee lived and hunted on the lands for hundreds of years before Europeans arrived and pushed them out.
Kentucky has the honor of having the longest cave known to man. The Mammoth caves were first advertised in 1816 for their majestic beauty. It is also one of the first attractions in the country.
An interesting historical fact involves the two leaders from each side of the Civil War in the United States. Abraham Lincoln, who was president of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederates, were both born in Kentucky. Oddly enough, they were just one year apart in age and lived less than one hundred miles from each other.
The state happens to have some ironies in its town’s names and relations to policy. For example, Bourbon County is a dry county, means that no alcohol sales are permitted. Christian County, on the other hand, is a wet county and does allow for alcohol sales. Another irony is that Barren County, which elicits the idea of there not being much to speak of growing wise, actually has the most fertile soil in the entire state.
Last, but not least, is the interesting town of Corbin. It is the birthplace of what some deem the best-fried chicken in the world, Kentucky Fried Chicken. It is also the birthplace of some stars, including the old movie star Arthur Lake who played Dagwood in the “Blondie” movies.
Kentucky is known for horses and their races, but there is much more to speak of. The list of facts above only begins to touch on how original the state is.