Kentucky is a state located in the southeastern United States of America and is best known for its picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and vast fields. Kentucky is also known for its white porches, Churchill Downs (horse racing) country music, Mammoth Cave and of course the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The largest cities are Louisville and Lexington, but the capital is Frankfurt. nice places to visit in Kansas are the Country Highway where many country legends live and a visit to the kitchen of the Kentucky Fried Chicken. But also the world’s largest caves, the Mammoth Cave, is more than worth a visit. See all cities in Kentucky.
Kentucky is located in the interior of the United States and borders the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. Kentucky is 275 kilometers from north to south and 650 kilometers from east to west. Northern Kentucky is formed by the Ohio River and the western border by the Mississippi River. The Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers flow west and are formed by the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley reservoirs.
In the southeast of the state, the Appalachian Mountains are a very forested area with the Black Mountain as the highest point. It is hilly in central and eastern Kentucky. The state has only one National Park, the largest cave complex in the world the Mammoth Cave National Park.
Kentucky was formerly inhabited by various Native American tribes, which can be seen from the name which is derived from the Native American Ken-tah-teh which means the ‘land of tomorrow’.
In 1750 it was Thomas Walker who entered Kentucky for the Loyal Land Company through the Cumberland Pass, soon more settlers followed who in 1769 found Daniel Bone an important leader. In 1775 the first four permanent settlements were established, Harrodstown, McGary’s Fort, St Asaph and Boonesborough.
The current state of Kentucky, formerly part of Virginia, joined the United States of America in 1792 as the 15th state. After the Confederate Southern states invaded Kentucky during the American Civil War (1861-1862), it sided with the Northern Union after having been neutral.
Kentucky is an important economic industrial state, especially the production and assembly of motor vehicles. In the east, the coal industry is still very important, although this has been declining more and more in recent years.
The army bases also have an important role in the economy of the state, Fort Knox is where a large part of the American gold reserves are stored. Fort Campel also provides many jobs with the famous 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
|Joined the US as the 15th state on:||June 1, 1792|
|Geography:||Grenzend aan Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri|
|state motto:||United we stand, divided we fall|
|Kentucky official website:||kentucky.gov|
The Kentucky River is a 418 kilometer (260 mi) long river located in the United States of America’s Commonwealth of Kentucky. This river is a tributary of the Ohio River. It is a river that with its tributaries carries water through much of the state, the upper reaches carry water through the coal and mining regions of the Cumberland Mountains, the lower reaches through the north central portion called the Bluegrass Region. The river provides drinking water for about 1/6 of the population. The total watershed is approximately 18,000km2 long or 7,000 square miles.
The river is formed by the North, Middle and South forks at about 200 meters altitude. The formation takes place in Beattyville which is located in eastern Kentucky. The water generally flows in a northwesterly direction meaning the river flows through the mountains of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Also, the Kentucky River flows past Irvine and Boonesborough, past Lexington (south-west) and then north at Frankfort. Finally, at Carrollton, the water flows into the Ohio River. About 700,000 people depend on this river. The towns of Beauttyville, Winchester, Irvine, Richmond, Lancaster, Nicholasville, Harrodsburg, Wilmore, Versailles, Lawrenceberg and Frankfort draw their municipal water supplies from this river.