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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bragging about my state today

Born raised and educated in Kentucky I am just stating some facts.
Yep, it's called bragging.
All photos courtesy of Google

Today's history lesson!
1792 -  Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the Union .
1816 - (first promoted)  Mammoth   Cave , with 336+ miles of mapped passages, is the world's longest cave.  It is 379 feet deep and contains at least 5 levels of passages..  It's second only to  Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist attraction in the  US ...  It became a National Park on July 1, 1941.

  1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in  Louisville.
1883 - The first electric light bulb was shown in  Louisville.  Thomas Alva Edison introduced his invention to crowds at the Southern Exposition.
1887 - Mother's Day was first observed in Henderson by teacher Mary S. Wilson.  It became a national holiday in 1916.
1893 - 'Happy Birthday to You', probably the most sung song in the world, was written by two  Louisville sisters - Mildred and Patricia Hill.
Late 19th century - Bibb lettuce was first cultivated by Jack Bibb in Frankfort, Kentucky
This 1896 - The first (known) set of all male quintuplets was born in  Paducah .
1934 - Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville.
1937 - The first Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a 'teepee', was built by Frank A. Redford in Cave City. 

The world's largest baseball bat, a full one hundred twenty (120) feet tall and weighing 68,000 pounds, can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville (Jefferson Co.).
Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured only in Bowling Green 

Covington (St. Mary's Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption) is home to the world's largest hand blown stained glass window in existence.  It measures an astounding 24 feet by 67 feet and contains 117 different figures. 

The world's largest crucifix, standing at sixty (60) feet tall, is in Bardstown (Nelson Co.).
Fort Knox holds more than $6 billion worth of gold - the largest amount stored anywhere in the world.  

The JIF plant in  Lexington is the world's largest peanut butter producing facility. 

Kentucky has more resort parks than any other state in the nation.
Middlesboro is the only United States city built inside a meteor crater.. 

Newport is home to The World Peace Bell, the world's largest free-swinging bell. 

Pike County is the world's largest producer of coal.
Pikeville annually leads the nation (per capita) in consumption of Pepsi-Cola.
Post-It Notes are made exclusively in Cynthiana , KY.

Shaker Village ( Pleasant Hill ) is the largest historic community of its kind in the United States
Christian County is 'wet', while Bourbon County is 'dry'.
('wet 'sells liquor; 'dry' does not)
Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.
Lake Cumberland has more miles of shoreline than the state of  Florida.

Kentucky is best known for its beautiful blue grass.  And, let us not forget about the
basketball and the Race Horses! 

And Sunny California is no longer where the beautiful people come from, its from under the Blue Moon of Kentucky where many of em start!  Turns out us Hillbillies are Mighty Purdy to Y'all!
Celebrities Born and/or raised in KY:
George Clooney (Sexiest Man Alive)
Johnny Depp (Sexiest Man Alive)
Tom Cruise (Sexiest Man Alive)
Ashley Judd (one of the sexiest women alive!)
Nick Lachey
Kevin Ricardson (Backstreet Boy)
Brian Litrell (Backstreet Boy)
Lee Majors
Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay]
Victor Mature
Annie Potts (Designing Women)
Sean Young
Dwight Yoakam (singer/actor; Slingblade, Roswell ,Panic Room)
Diane Sawyer
John Carpenter (Director)
Ned Beatty (Back to School, Deliverance, Life)
Harry Dean Stanton (Molly Ringwald¢s Dad in Pretty in Pink)
Florence Henderson (Mrs Brady)
Billy Ray Cyrus (thus his daughter "Hannah Montana"....once removed!)
Chuck Woolery
James Best (sheriff on Dukes of Hazard)
Charles Napier actor
Don Everly
Naomi Judd
Winona Judd
Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass )
Tom T. HAll
John Michael Montgomery
Loretta Lynn (First Lady of Country Music)
Dwain Messer
Patti Loveless
Ricky Skaggs
Keith Whitley
Rosemary Clooney
The Trollinger Brothers
Phil Simms
Just to name a few...
We live in a huge country.
We live in the geographical center of Kentucky. 
We are close to everything.

I am sure everyone could brag about their state.
Give it a try.



Anvilcloud said...

A state that deserves to be bragged about. Would love to visit Mammoth Cave.

Pondside said...

My goodness! You put Kentucky on my radar - what a lot of fantastic facts.

MOLLYE said...

Good lord woman, The tourist bureau is gonna be banging on your door when word gets out. These are fascinating facts. What's not to be proud of here. I could list so many infamous facts about Louisiana that we'd ALL blush, so I loved reading wonderful things about your homestate! Come comment on my OWOH post so you can have a chance to win something! Love you, Mollye

Ima Weed said...

You know I love this post ! And there is lots more you can use for another post.

Elizabethd said...

You have told me so many facts about Kentucky... I didnt know much about the state before1

Karin said...

What a great post! We were blessed to have lived 1.5 years in Louisville, KY during my hubby's sabbatical at the SBTS in the early 70s. Fantastic time in our lives - and, yes, we did get to visit the Mammoth Caves, enjoyed the falls, loved the blue grass, loved the violets that grow in the grass in spring, the gorgeous magnolias, dogwoods and other beauties, but there was so much I still didn't know!