Kentucky

Kentucky State Flag Gifts & Merchandise

Date of Statehood: June 1, 1792

Capital: Frankfort

Population: 4,339,367 (2010)

Size: 40,411 square miles

Nickname(s): Bluegrass State

Motto: United we stand, divided we fall

Tree: Tulip Poplar

Flower: Goldenrod

Bird: Cardinal

Kentucky Timeline
  • 1750 - The Cumberland Gap is discovered by Dr. Thomas Walker.
  • 1774 - Harrodsburg is established as the first permanent British settlement.
  • 1774 - Lord Dunmore of Virginia defeats the Shawnee in Dunmore's War.
  • 1775 - Daniel Boone establishes the town of Boonesborough and widens the Wilderness Trail from Virginia.
  • 1780 - The city of Louisville is established.
  • 1792 - Kentucky becomes the 15th state.
  • 1861 - Kentucky decides to side with Union in the Civil War after trying to remain neutral.
  • 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs.
  • 1904 to 1908 - The Black Patch Tobacco Wars take place in Kentucky.
  • 1937 - The Ohio River floods causing extensive damage.
  • 1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) wins his first heavyweight championship fight.