Kentucky State Symbols

Kentucky State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Kentucky Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

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.

Kentucky State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Agricultural Insect Honey Bee
(Apis mellifera)
Amphitheater Iroquois Amphitheater
Arboretum Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Bird Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis
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
Butterfly Viceroy Butterfly
(Basilarchia archippus)
Center for Celebration
of African American Heritage
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
Covered Bridge Switzer Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge -
Capital of Kentucky
Fleming County
Dance Clogging
Drink Milk
Father of Newgrass Music Sam Bush
Fish Kentucky Spotted Bass
(Micropterus punctulatus)
Flag State Flag
Flower Goldenrod
(Solidago spp.
Fossil Brachiopod
Fruit Blackberry
Gemstone Freshwater Pearl
Honey Festival Clarkson Honeyfest
Horse Thoroughbred
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.
Language English
Latin Motto "Deo gratiam habeamus"
Military School Millersburg Military Institute
Mineral Coal
Motto "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
Music Bluegrass music
Musical Instrument Appalachian Dulcimer
Nicknames Bluegrass State
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
Rock Kentucky Agate
Science Center Louisville Science Center
Seal Great Seal
Silverware Pattern Old Kentucky Bluegrass
(Georgetown pattern)
Soil Crider Soil Series
Song "My Old Kentucky Home"
(Modern version)
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
(Sciurus carolinensis)
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