Written by: Janette Marson
Happy Birthday to our beloved Kentucky – this year you are an amazing 225 years old, and have never looked better!
If you have never visited Kentucky, definitely put a getaway trip to our Commonwealth on your 2017 “To Do” list – you won’t regret it! In our southern shoreline region of Kentucky we are known for houseboat vacations – and there are more rental houseboats on Lake Cumberland in Russell County, Kentucky than anywhere else in the entire United States! We are known for lush, beautiful landscapes and Lake Cumberland is a true diamond of a destination. CLICK HERE for ideas on Things To Do, Places To Stay and Lake Cumberland Attractions. Come visit us this year as we celebrate throughout 2017 Kentucky’s 225th Birthday!
Here are some super fun Birthday Facts about Kentucky…
** The world’s most popular song, “Happy Birthday to You”, was originally written in 1893 by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters who taught Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School in Louisville, Kentucky. Their original song was called “Good Morning to All” and used by teachers to sing to students.
** Kentucky was named for an Indian word ‘Kenhtahkeh’ that means “meadowland” or “prairie.”
** Kentucky is officially named ‘The Commonwealth of Kentucky’ – It is one of only four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the other three are Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts).
** In the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds, that when seen in large fields, give a bluish tinge to the grass. Early traders began asking for the seed of the “blue grass from Kentucky.” The name stuck and today Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State” – Wow!
** Kentucky is the only U.S. state to have a continuous border of rivers running along three of its sides—the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Big Sandy River and Tug Fork to the east. Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state in contiguous United States.
Happy Birthday Kentucky, we love you dearly!