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15th State (June 1, 1792), the south U.S.

State Abbreviation: KY

Nickname: Bluegrass State

Origin of Name: From an Iroquoian word "Ken-tah-ten" meaning "land of tomorrow"





Kentucky State:

Capital: Frankfort
Motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Kentucky State Seal
Bird: Cardinal
Butterfly: Viceroy Butterfly
Drink: Milk
Fish: Kentucky Spotted Bass
Flower: Goldenrod
Fossil: Brachiopod
Fruit: Blackberry
Gemstone: Freshwater Pearl
Horse: Thoroughbred (Equus caballus)
Mineral: Coal
Musical Instrument: Appalachian Dulcimer
Rock: Kentucky Agate
Silverware Pattern: Old Kentucky Blue Grass, The Georgetown Pattern
Soil: Crider Soil Series
Song: My Old Kentucky Home
Bluegrass Song: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Tree: Tulip Poplar
Wild Animal Game Species: Gray Squirrel

Kentucky State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Daniel Boone , explorer, hunter, and woodsman who cleared the Wilderness Road and founded Fort Boonesborough.

Mammoth Cave
The longest cave system in the world with over 360 miles explored and mapped.

Cumberland Falls
The only waterfall in the Northern Hemisphere to display a moonbow. A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow) is a rainbow that occurs at night.

Major Rivers: Ohio River , Mississippi River, Cumberland River , Kentucky River , Green River.

Famous Kentuckians

Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President
Printable fact sheet on President Abraham Lincoln
provides you with photos and personal information.
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882) Wife of Abraham Lincoln.

Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) Only President of the Confederate States of America, 1861-65.

Carrie A. Nation (1846-1911) Temperance crusader.

James Bowie (1796-1836) designed the Bowie knife and became a Texas Ranger.

Kit Carson (1809-1868) Indian agent, trapper scout.

Things to Do

Kentucky State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone
The text of Daniel Boone's book "The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boon, Formerly a Hunter: Containing a Narrative of the Wars of Kentucky".

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site.
Mary Todd Lincoln house.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky
Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer

The United States Bullion Depository Fort Knox, Kentucky
Learn facts about this U.S. Mint classified facility.

Color Pages

Flat Boat color page

Kentucky State Flag color page

Things To Do-Other Sites

Kentucky State Quarter
Read about the Kentucky State Quarter and print out the color page.


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