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**** Kentucky's Name *****

Kentucky comes from a native word but no one is precisely sure which one. It may come from a Cherokee word "Kentahteh" meaning "land of tomorrow" or "meadow land". One legend s tates that the word means "dark and bloody ground".

**** Kentucky History ****
 

Kentucky was used as sacred hunting grounds by roving bands of Shawnee and others. As early as 1750 there were no known permanent Native settlements. After 1770, settlers from Virginia and North Carolina came through the Cumberland Gap, and Kentucky grew rapidly as the first settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains were founded.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville between 1784 and 1792. In 1790, Kentucky's delegates accepted Virginia's terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union and Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth Of Kentucky.

While remaining loyal to the Union, Kentucky was a border state during the American Civil War. The state did not secede, and was officially neutral until a new legislature took office on August 5, 1861 with strong Union sympathies. The Confederates entered the state during the "Kentucky Campaign" of Generals Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith in 1862. Bragg's retreat following the Battle of Perryville left the state under the control of the Union Army for the remainder of the war. The state then abandoned neutrality, and publicly sided with the Union. Southern sympathizers attempted to establish an alternative state government with the goal of secession but failed to displace the legitimate government in Frankfort.

Kentucky Facts
Statehood
- June 1, 1792
Origin of Name - Nickname - Bluegrass State
Capital - Frankfort
Motto - United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Bird - Cardinal
Animal - Gray Squirrel
Horse - Thoroughbred
Fish - Kentucky Bass
Insect - Viceroy butterfly
Flower - Goldenrod
Tree - Kentucky coffee tree
Mineral - Freshwater pearl
Soil - Crider soil series
Fossil - Brachiopod

 

Kentucky Counties
 

ADAIR

ALLEN

ANDERSON

BALLARD

BARREN

BATH

BECKHAM

BELL

BOONE

BRACKEN

BREATHITT

BRECKINRIDGE

BOURBON

BOYD

BOYLE

BULLITT

BUTLER

(HOSTED)

CALDWELL

CALLOWAY

CAMPBELL

CARLISLE

CARROLL

    CARTER

CASEY

CHRISTIAN

CLARK

CLAY

CLINTON

CRITTENDEN

CUMBERLAND

DAVIESS

EDMONSON (HOSTED)

ELLIOTT

ESTILL

FAYETTE

FLEMING

FLOYD

FRANKLIN

FULTON

GALLATIN

GARRARD

GRANT

GRAVES

GRAYSON

(HOSTED)

GREEN

GREENUP

HANCOCK

HARDIN

(HOSTED)

HARLAN

HARRISON

HART

HENDERSON

HENRY

HICKMAN

HOPKINS

JACKSON

JEFFERSON

JESSAMINE

JOHNSON

KENTON

KNOTT

KNOX

LARUE

LAUREL

LAWRENCE

LEE

(HOSTED)

LESLIE

LETCHER

LEWIS

LINCOLN

LIVINGSTON

LOGAN

LYON

MADISON

MAGOFFIN

MARION

MARSHALL

MARTIN

MASON

MCCRACKEN

MCCREARY

MCLEAN

MEADE

MENIFEE

MERCER

METCALFE

MONROE

MONTGOMERY

MORGAN

MUHLENBERG

NELSON

NICHOLAS

OHIO

OLDHAM

OWEN

OWSLEY

PENDLETON

PERRY

PIKE

POWELL

PULASKI

ROBERTSON

ROCKCASTLE

ROWAN

RUSSELL

SCOTT

SHELBY

SIMPSON

SPENCER

TAYLOR

TODD

TRIGG

TRIMBLE

UNION

WARREN

WASHINGTON

WAYNE

WEBSTER

WHITLEY

WOLFE

  WOODFORD

 

 


KENTUCKY STATE DATA


 
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