LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Today marks the 4th year were celebrated National Kentucky Day, and the 229th year Kentucky has been a state.
Here are 15 facts about Kentucky:
1. Kentucky was founded June 1, 1792, when it separated from Virginia following the revolutionary war.
2. Kentucky is 48% forest and 88% of those forests are privately owned according to Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
3. Kentucky rickhouses currently hold more bourbon barrels than people in Kentucky with 7.5 million barrels or 1.75 barrels a person.
4. Prior to Kentucky’s founding roughly 20 Indigenous tribes had legal claims to the territory according to The Kentucky Center for Native American Art and Culture.
5. Frankfort is the 4th smallest state capital in the U.S.
6. Mammoth Cave National Park holds over 400 miles of winding caves and tunnels nearly topping the furthest length east to west here on the surface at 417 miles.
7. Black Mountain in Harland, Kentucky, is the highest point in the state.
8. The Mississippi River in western Kentucky is the lowest point in the state.
9. In 1950, Berea College was the first higher-education institution in the United States to admit black students, where people like Jessie Reasor Zander and Mary Ellen Britton studied.
10. Cynthiana, Kentucky, is the home of the Post-It Note.
11. Established in 1886, the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, is built inside of a 3-mile crater created by a meteor.
12. Of the 45 major bodies of water in Kentucky, only three lakes are natural.
13. Man o’ War never actually raced in Kentucky.
14. Cumberland Falls in southeastern Kentucky is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can find a moonbow. The moonbow is formed from light bouncing off of a full moon during the nighttime.
15. The state insect is the honey bee.