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Kentucky, the "Bluegrass State,"is known for its racehorses, musical traditions, local cuisine, and folk heritage. Kentucky boasts more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska. Students can explore Mammoth Cave, Cumberland Falls, and Lost River Cave, as well as attend the Kentucky Derby and Louisville Shakespeare Festival.
Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen settled in Kentucky in 1769. Kentucky's name comes from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," or "land of tomorrow." Admitted into the Union in 1792, Kentucky is the 15th state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Today, Kentucky is associated with coal mines and horse farms and racing. America's most prominent horse race, the Kentucky Derby, is held in Louisville annually. Kentucky state horse is the thoroughbred, the cardinal is the state bird and Frankfort is the capital.
Kentucky State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Kentucky state facts such as Kentucky state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Kentucky, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Kentucky State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|Agricultural Insect||Honey Bee
|Arboretum||Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest|
|Birthplace of beer cheese||Clark County, Kentucky
2.275 Birthplace of beer cheese.
Clark County, Kentucky, is named and designated as the birthplace of beer cheese.
Effective:June 25, 2013
History: Created 2013 Ky. Acts ch. 124, sec. 9, effective June 25, 2013.
|Birthplace of Newgrass Music||Bowling Green|
|Bluegrass Song||"Blue Moon of Kentucky"|
|Botanical Garden||UK Arboretum|
|Bourbon Festival||The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated|
|Center for Celebration
of African American Heritage
|The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage|
|Covered Bridge||Switzer Covered Bridge
|Covered Bridge -
Capital of Kentucky
|Father of Newgrass Music||Sam Bush|
|Fish||Kentucky Spotted Bass
|Honey Festival||Clarkson Honeyfest|
|Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre||Devou Park Summer Classics Theatre of Covington
2.220 Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre.
Devou Park Summer Classics Theatre of Covington shall be designated as the
Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre.
Effective:July 14, 1992
History: Created 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 106, sec. 1, effective July 14, 1992.
|Kentucky Shakespeare Festival||Shakespeare in Central Park of Louisville
2.210 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Shakespeare in Central Park of Louisville, Kentucky, is hereby designated as the
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Effective:July 13, 1984
History: Created 1984 Ky. Acts ch. 274, sec. 1, effective July 13, 1984.
|Latin Motto||"Deo gratiam habeamus"|
|Military School||Millersburg Military Institute|
|Motto||"United We Stand, Divided We Fall"|
|Musical Instrument||Appalachian Dulcimer|
|Original Soft Drink||Ale-8-One|
|Outdoors Musical of Kentucky
||Stephen Foster Story|
|Pipe Band||Louisville Pipe Band|
|Pledge||Pledge of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Kentucky|
|Quarter||Kentucky State Quarter|
|Science Center||Louisville Science Center|
|Silverware Pattern||Old Kentucky Bluegrass
|Soil||Crider Soil Series|
|Song||"My Old Kentucky Home"
|Sport Car||Chevrolet Corvette|
|Steam Locomotive||Old 152|
|Tree||Tulip / Yellow Poplar
(Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera)
|Tug-of-War Championship||Tug-of-War Championship|
|Wild Game Animal||Gray Squirrel