10 reasons to celebrate the Bluegrass State

Lexington Herald-LeaderJuly 3, 2013 

Happy Independence Day, almost.

On July 4 we'll wear red, white and blue and celebrate the Good Ole USA and all it means.

But, on the eve of that celebration, we thought we'd take a look at the Good Ole Commonwealth of Kentucky and some of the cool stuff that has happened here over the years. For example, did you know that Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater?

Learn more about what makes Kentucky pioneering, record-setting, quirky and unique right here.

And happy Independence Day, almost.

1. The first county in the United States to be named for the first president was Washington County in 1792.

2. Mother's Day was first observed in Henderson by teacher Mary S. Wilson. It became a national holiday in 1916.

3. In 1873, Louisville druggist John Colgan invented long-lasting flavored chewing gum.

4. Middlesboro is the only U.S. city built inside a meteor crater.

5. The world's largest baseball bat, weighing 68,000 pounds and standing 120 feet tall, can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

6. The first electric light bulb was shown in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his invention to crowds at the Southern Exposition.

7. Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville.

8. Kentucky is where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than 100 miles and one year apart.

9. Daniel Boone often carried a big pack and walked slowly, earning the Shawnee name Sheltowee, meaning Big Turtle. Boone never wore a coonskin cap. Rather, he favored a wide-brimmed beaver chapeau that kept rain and sun at bay and saw extra duty as an impromptu bucket.

10. In 1902, Elijah Bledsoe, supposedly the oldest man in the world at the time, died at the age of 133 in Harrodsburg. According to an obituary from the Harrodsburg Herald circa 1902. Bledsoe, a former slave, could recall events from the War of 1812.

Source: Russ Hatter of the Capital City Museum

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