Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen settled in Kentucky, the "Bluegrass State," in 1769. Its name comes from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," or "land of tomorrow." Admitted into the Union on June 1, 1792, Kentucky is the 15th state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains to be carved from the great western wilderness . Today, Kentucky is associated with coal mines and horse farms and racing. America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby, is held in Louisville annually. Kansas state flower is the goldenrod, the cardinal is the state bird and Frankfort is the capital.
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