Thursday, June 30

Facts about Kentucky

Kentucky Facts

Learn facts about Kentucky for kids.

Do you live in Kentucky? If you don’t live there, are you ready to learn some cool facts about Kentucky? I love learning new facts about all of the different states. I would like to share some of those cool new facts with you! Every Thursday I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Kansas. This week we are posting cool new facts about Kentucky. You will learn facts about Kentucky's state flag, bird, and many other state facts.

Did you know that Kentucky was the 15th state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Kentucky officially joined the union on June 1, 1792! Kentucky is located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Kentucky is bordered by seven (7) states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. Kentucky is the thirty-seventh (37th) largest state in the United States. Kentucky is big state. There are about 4,509,394 people living in Kentucky.


Did you know that John Christopher Depp II was born in Kentucky? John Christopher Depp II is also known as Johnny Depp! Johnny Depp is the actor from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.


What famous person lives in your state?


Facts about Kentucky:

1. A few things Kentucky is known for are: the Kentucky Derby, bluegrass, and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The nicknames for the state of Kentucky are: The Bluegrass State, the Tobacco State, and Derby City. The Kentucky state motto is United we stand, divided we fall. The Kentucky state motto was adopted sometime in December 1792. The abbreviation for Kentucky is KY.

2. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort. Frankfort officially became the capital of Kentucky sometime in 1792. Frankfort has an estimated population of around 27,705 people.

3. The Kentucky state bird is the Northern cardinal. The Northern cardinal was chosen as the state bird for Kentucky on February 26, 1926. The Kentucky male Northern cardinal is a beautiful bright red color with some black around its beak and on its wings. The female Northern cardinal is light pale brown grayish in color with some light red color on its wings, head, and tail.

4. The Kentucky official state flower is the Giant goldenrod. The Giant goldenrod is a spreading perennial flowering plant that can be found growing throughout the state of Kentucky. The Giant goldenrod starts blooming during the late summer and early fall months. Although some people claim it to be a weed, the Giant goldenrod is a very beautiful flower. The Kentucky Giant goldenrod became Kentucky’s official state flower in 1926.

5. Kentucky’s state flag was officially adopted on March 26, 1918. The flag was designed by Jesse Cox Burgess. Jesse Cox Burgess was an art teacher that lived in Kentucky. Kentucky’s state flag has dark blue background. The state seal of Kentucky appears on the blue background. Inside the white circle there are two men shaking hands and the words UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL appear above and below the two men. The Goldenrod flower appears below the seal. The words COMMON WEALTH OF KENTUCKY appear above the seal.

6. Some crops that are grown in Kentucky are: corn, oats, soy bean, tobacco, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Kentucky are: the Kentucky Derby located in Louisville, Kentucky, Daniel Boone National Forest located in London, Kentucky, and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park located in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

8. Some animals that live in Kentucky are: bats, black bears, coyotes, deer, northern raccoons, southern flying squirrels, and river otter.

9. Kentucky can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Kentucky was 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Greensburg, Kentucky on July 28, 1930. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Kentucky was -37 degrees (37 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Shelbyville, Kentucky on January 19, 1994.


Do you know any cool facts about Kentucky that you would like to share with us?

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 Kentucky worksheet

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Books about Kentucky:

1. B Is For Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle

2. I Love You as Big as Kentucky by Rose Rossner

3. D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur

4. The BIG Kentucky Reproducible Activity Book by Carole Marsh

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You can Click here to purchase the 50 states workbook on Amazon.

You can also utilize the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states post in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Louisiana! Thank you for reading my post!! Don’t forget that "One small positive thought can change your whole day."-Zig Ziglar

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