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.
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.
Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville.
The first electric light bulb was shown in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his invention to crowds at the Southern Exposition.
The world’s largest baseball bat, weighing 68,000 pounds and standing 120 feet tall, can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum.
Middlesboro is the only U.S. city built inside a meteor crater.
In 1873, Louisville druggist John Colgan invented long-lasting flavored chewing gum.
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.