Celebrating nearly 23 decades of Kentucky on National Kentucky Day


APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, UNITED STATES: An unknown artist in rural Eastern Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains has painted a figure of US pioneer Daniel Boone as seen on a rock 31 October 2005. Rumors have been spread that the artist who never signs her work, is an elderly women who paints on surfaces along old strip mining roads in the mountain area. The painting was signed “to Swampie” at the botton right corner. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

An employee at the Bardstown Bourbon Company paints a label onto barrels used to store bourbon in Bardstown, Kentucky on April 11, 2019. – To be called Bourbon in the United States the whiskey mash contents require a minimum of 51 percent corn and stored in a new barrel lined with charred oak. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, tour participants enter Mammoth Cave in Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

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.

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 1939, file photo, Man o’ War is led back to the barn by his lifetime caretaker and groom, Will Harbut, after exercising in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/PS)

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.

A honeybee is seen at the J & P Apiary and Gentzel’s Bees, Honey and Pollination Company on May 19, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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