Kentucky is one of four states to call itself a "commonwealth." In 1792 when Kentucky became the 15th state - the first on the western frontier - both "commonwealth" and "state" were used. Commonwealth, meaning government based on the common consent of the people, dates to the time of Oliver Cromwell's England in the mid-1600s.
Bluegrass is not really blue - it's green - but in the spring, bluegrass produces bluish-purple buds that, when seen in large fields, give a rich blue cast to the grass. Early pioneers found bluegrass growing on Kentucky's rich limestone soil and traders began asking for the seed of the "blue grass from Kentucky." The name stuck and today Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.
The state seal imprinted on a field of navy blue was approved by the General Assembly in 1928. The original flag is displayed in Frankfort at the Kentucky History Centre.
Mammoth Cave National ParkMammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve the cave system,including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers,and a section of south central Kentucky.
This is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 336 miles explored and mapped.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom is a world-class thrill park and entertainment complex. The park offers more than 110 rides and attractions.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Located close to where Kentucky Lake joins with Lake Barkley to form one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the country, Kentucky Dam Village Resort gives visitors more choices in accommodations than any other park and a championship golf course.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
The historic lodge at Cumberland Falls was renovated in 1997. One of the most noticeable improvements is a modernized lobby, which now includes views of the Cumberland River.