Kentucky History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Bluegrass State

Great Seal of the State of Kentucky

Adopted on December 20, 1792.

The official seal of the Commonwealth was described in a bill passed by the General Assembly on December 20, 1792, shortly after Kentucky joined the Union.

The original seal shows two friends embracing each other, with the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" over their heads and around them the words "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." By custom (and now in conformity with the description of the flag contained in the statutes), two sprigs of goldenrod in bloom are shown in the lower portion of the seal. The official colors of the seal are blue and gold.

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Kentucky was the first region west of the Allegheny Mountains to be settled by American pioneers. James Harrod established the first permanent settlement at Harrodsburg in 1774; the following year Daniel Boone, who had explored the area in 1767, blazed the Wilderness Trail through the Cumberland Gap and founded Boonesboro.

Politically, the Kentucky region was originally part of Virginia, but statehood was gained in 1792. Gen. Anthony Wayne's victory in 1794 at Fallen Timbers in Ohio marked the end of Native American resistance in the area and secured the Kentucky frontier.

As a slaveholding state with a considerable abolitionist population, Kentucky was caught in the middle during the Civil War, supplying both Union and Confederate forces with thousands of troops.

Capital City: Frankfort

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Kentucky: State of Kentucky Official Web Site

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Amtrak: Midwest

Area: 40411 sq.mi, 37th   Land 39732 sq. mi., 36th   Water 679 sq.mi., 38th

Area Codes: Kentucky

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Bird: Northern Cardinal

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Climate: Kentucky

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Constitution: 15th State

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Courts: Judicial System

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Department of: Education | Certification  | University of Kentucky Located in Lexington.

Driving: DDL

Economy: Agriculture: Horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn.•  Industry: Transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism.

Flag: Kentucky (KY)

Flower: Goldenrod Solidago altissima

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Geographic Center: Marion, 3 miles northnorthwest of Lebanon

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Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Black Mountain; 4,145 feet, 27th

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Lowest Point: Mississippi River; 257 feet, 32nd

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Motto: United we stand, divided we fall

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Name: Kentucky name based on the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," meaning "land of tomorrow"

National Forest: Kentucky

Population: Quick facts   4,041,769; 25th, 12/00

Presidential Birthplace: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 {16th}

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Tree: Yellow-poplar   Liriodendron tulipifera  

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