25 Things You Didn’t Know About Kentucky

This year marks the 225th birthday of Kentucky!  In honor of this special year, here are 25 reasons to celebrate our great bluegrass state!

  1. Wow! The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856
  2. Thomas Alva Edison introduced the first electric light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in Louisville in 1883.
  3. Mother’s Day was first observed in Henderson by teacher Mary S. Wilson and became a national holiday in 1916.
  4. “Happy Birthday to You”, probably the most sung song in the world, was written by two Kentucky sisters – Mildred and Patricia Hill.
  5. Kentucky (Lake Cumberland)  is known for being the Houseboat Vacation Capital of the World!  Lake Cumberland is one of the largest lakes by volume east of the Mississippi and spans over 1,200 miles of shoreline.  A variety of cabins, hotels, motels and Lake Cumberland Vacation Rental Homes can be found throughout the area.
  6. Bibb lettuce was first cultivated by Kentucky resident Jack Bibb.
  7. The first cheeseburgers were tasted in Kentucky in 1934!
  8. Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky!
  9. Fort Knox, Kentucky holds more than $6 billion worth of gold – the largest amount stored anywhere in the world!
  10. Kentucky has more resort parks than any other state in the nation.  One of the most popular state resort parks is the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown, Kentucky!  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park boasts the largest number of rental houseboats in one location at the very popular State Dock Marina, brand new Lodge Rooms and lakeside Cabins, hiking trails, seasonal horseback riding, a beautiful campground as well as a waterfront restaurant inside the Lodge as well as a great restaurant at the marina.
  11. The only United States city built on a meteor crater is in Kentucky – Middlesboro, KY!
  12. Lexington is not only the horse capital, they are home to JIF, the world’s largest peanut butter producing facility.
  13. The Post It Notes that you use at work were made in Kentucky!
  14. Pikeville annually leads the nation in consumption of Pepsi-Cola.
  15. Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill is the largest historic community of its kind in the United States.
  16. The Creelsboro Natural Arch  is one of the few natural bridges carved from limestone.  The Creelsboro Natural Bridge was designated a national landmark and is located in Jamestown, Kentucky by the  Cumberland River.
  17. 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.  Mammoth Cave is second only to Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist attraction in the United States.
  18. The 1st known set of all male quintuplets was born in Paducah, Kentucky.
  19. The very fist Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a teepee, was built by Frank A. Redford in Cave City, Kentucky.
  20. The world’s largest baseball bat, a full 120 feet tall and weighing 68,000 pounds can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville.
  21. St. Mary’s Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption is home to the world’s largest hand blown glass window in existence!  It measures an astounding 24 feet by 67 feet and contains 117 different figures.
  22. The world’s largest crucifix, standing 60 feet tall, is located in Bardstown, Kentucky.
  23. Noah’s Ark has been found … and it is located in Kentucky!  Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in the beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky.
  24. Kentucky was the first state in the frontier to join the Union!
  25. The largest rental houseboat in the United States is located where else? Jamestown, Kentucky!

Photo of girls jumping off the top of a houseboat on Lake Cumberland in Jamestown, KentuckyNo where else can you find one of kind treasures like you can in Kentucky and we are ready to celebrate our unique, one of a kind state’s 225th birthday this coming June, 2017!  These are only 25 reasons to celebrate, there are 225 more….  Be sure to get out there this year and see as much of our great state as you can.  For information on vacationing in the Lake Cumberland Southern Shores of Kentucky CLICK HERE!