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A History Lesson on Kentucky....
For those of you who live in Kentucky you might find this interesting..
And for those of you who don't, YOU might also find this interesting, too.

1792 - Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the Union .., ( most of my family had already been here for years at that time, in fact the original deed to lonesome hollow shows it being in Virginia)
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 (KY) 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

1896 - The first (known) set of all male quintuplets was born in Paducah ..

1937 - The first Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a 'teepee', was built by Frank A. Redford in Cave City ... ( its still there and doing fine)

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.. CHECK IT OUT ON GOOGLE EARTH...APPEARS TO BE ABOUT 4 1/4 MILES ACROSS AND 360 FEET DEEP.

Newport (KY) 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. (i would argu that but i live just north ot the county line)

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 basketball and Race Horses !
Sunny California is no longer where the beautiful people come from. Many come from under the Blue Moon of Kentucky where many of 'em get their "start"!
Turns out, us Hillbillies are Mighty Purdy to Y'all!! :

Celebrities Born and/or raised in KY:

George Clooney
Johnny Depp
Tom Cruise
Ashley Judd (one of the sexiest women alive!)
Nick Lachey
Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boy)
Brian Litrell (Backstreet Boy)
Lee Majors
Muhammad Ali
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 ("Bureaucrat tryin to save his ass" in Rambo II)
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
Just to name a few...
And then there more interesting things about this state..............For example, Below are some 'rules for rural ' Kentucky '.


Listen up City Slickers!

1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head isn't crooked.

3. Let's get this straight; it's called a 'dirt road.' I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. They're live steaks. That's why they smell funny to you. But they smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-64 goes east and west, I-75 and I-65 goes north and south. Pick one.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $150,000 corn pickers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6. So every person in Southern Kentucky waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while an 8-point buck and 3 does are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah, we eat taters & gravy, beans & cornbread. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available, at the corner bait shop.

9. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup..

13. You bring 'coke' into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice.

14. You bring 'Mary Jane' into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
420 friendly means you like old john deeres

15. We have a whole ton of folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. So don't mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best..

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump ain't music, anyway. We don't want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers. Refer back to #1.

17. 4 inches isn't a blizzard - it's a flurry. Drive like you got some sense in it, and DON'T take all our bread, milk, and bleach from the grocery stores. This ain't Alaska , worst case you may have to live a whole day without croissants. Don't worry!...The pickup trucks with snow blades, will have you out by the next day.

18. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. ... It's about learning to dance in the rain!

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Great post. Many thanks for sharing. I've lived in KY my entire life. I love it here.

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Have to add to no.14, there is also a candy bar called "Mary Jane". Back in the day it was a penny candy, now I guess they are a dime or quarter.
Never lived in Ky., but it sounds like a fine place to live.
Never knew the history of Kentucky, thanks! :D :) :D

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Sounds like a grand alternative to NC. Our politicians are messin' us up more and more. :roll:
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