Kentucky Legends

Mountaineering in the Blue Grass State

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Kentucky – The Bluegrass State

Officially called the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the “Bluegrass State” was originally part of Virginia. In 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. The origin of Kentucky’s name comes from an Iroquois word meaning “meadow lands.” Once inhabited by varying cultures of Native Americans from as far back as 1000 BC, the Indians roamed the region, particularly along the waterways and in areas of game. When European and colonial explorers and settlers began entering Kentucky in greater numbers in the mid-18th century, warfare broke out because the American Indians considered the settlers to be encroaching on their traditional hunting grounds.

Kentucky is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park; the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States; and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. It is also home to the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nation’s most productive coalfield.

For visitors, Kentucky is famous for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, and college basketball. Great places to visit include the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the Red River Gorge Geological Area, part of the Daniel Boone National Forest; Land Between the Lakes, a National Recreation Area managed by the United States Forest Service, and much more.

Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander
Owner/Editor

 

Placed on a navy blue field is the seal and words “Commonwealth of Kentucky”. The two people on the seal, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky’s motto: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall”. Sprays of goldenrod extend in a half circle around the picture..

Welcome to Kentucky Legends

Kentucky Articles:

An Arrest – Legend

Daniel Boone – Kentucky Pioneer

The Civil War

Battle of Mill Springs

Civil War Battles of Kentucky

Civil War People

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Kentucky History

Kentucky Photo Prints

Kentucky Slideshow

Little White Men in Kentucky – Legend

Simon Kenton – Frontiersman & Soldier

Some Remarkable Women in Pennsylvania & Kentucky

The Wilderness Road Opens Kentucky

Horses graze on a farm in Kentucky bluegrass "horse country."

Horses graze on a farm in Kentucky bluegrass “horse country.” Photo by Carol M. Highsmith. Click for prints and products.

 

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone blazed the Kentucky Frontier. Click for prints and products.

 

Kentucky Slideshow:

 

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