Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky. She played piano at her local church.[1] At age 17, she married Michael Ciminella, with whom she had Christina Ciminella, who would later be renamed Wynonna Judd.[1] After Diana's parents divorced, she and her daughter moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1968, and lived on welfare after she and Michael divorced in 1972.[1] By 1979, Diana and her daughter moved back to Tennessee. Diana renamed herself Naomi and began playing music with her daughter, who sang lead and played guitar. At the same time, Naomi began studying to be a nurse.[1]

Naomi was a dogged promoter of the act, and was reportedly propositioned, sexually harassed and dismissed when she tried to promote the act using a tape produced for $30 to Nashville music producers and to anyone who would listen. In 1983, they got their big break when Naomi convinced a record producer whose child she had cared for as a nurse to come to her home and listen to the act. The producer was "charmed" and the duo was signed by RCA and Curb. Their biggest hits, "Girls Night Out " (1985); "Turn it Loose" (1988); "Why Not Me" (1984); "I Know Where I'm Going (1987); and "Grandpa" (1986); electrified audiences. Naomi was the performer of the group, and the business leader, while Wynonna was the artistic and lyrical leader.[2]

This is a nice video to show the beauty of the Gorge.

The Red River Gorge is a place where mighty sandstone arches rise to the heavens and forest niches hide delicate wildflowers that grow nowhere else on the planet. This rugged region of geological wonders astounds visitors from other places, but it is beloved by Kentuckians and known the world over to rock climbers, partly because of its many overhanging cliffs.A National Wild and Scenic River meanders among more than 100 sandstone arches―the largest group east of the Rocky Mountains. Picture the magnificent sculptured rocks of Utah’s and Arizona’s national parks, surround them with a lush forest, and you get a sense of what the Red River Gorge looks like. It is laced with trails, including one that connects to the 260-mile Sheltowee Trace. That’s Shawnee for “Big Turtle,” the American Indian name for Daniel Boone. The gorge fascinated the Kentucky adventurer. White-haired goldenrod grows near the tunnel entrance and a few other locations here―and nowhere else in the world. A river 30 feet wide, with water the color of faded roof tiles, edges close to the road. In the past, several proposals to dam it brought staunch opposition from groups ranging from the Sierra Club to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. (The judge joined a protest hike to help save it in 1967.) Finally, it became the state’s first National Wild and Scenic River in 1993.

With rich soils, useful native plants, and the ready-made housing of scores of rock shelters, the gorge boasts a history of habitation dating back thousands of years, but you can almost count on one hand the residents who live here now. Most are as resilient and sturdy as the rock cliffs that poke out of the forest. The earliest inhabitants of the gorge didn’t have to build any housing at all. “Some of the rock shelters range from 5 feet to as long as a football field,” explains Johnny Faulkner, archaeologist at Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center. “Three thousand years ago, people were here, growing squash and grinding nuts and seeds in hominy holes,” he says. “They had small gardens. They were some of the first farmers in America

  • Getting There: Red River Gorge is near Slade, Kentucky, about an hour’s drive southeast of Lexington. Take I-64 to Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway East. Take Exit 33 off the parkway, and follow the signs to the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Resort Park.
  • Where to Stay: Rooms in the lodge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park start at around $90 per night in April; 1-800-325-1710. If you’re taking a canoe trip, rates for the riverside cabin at Red River Adventure start at $99 per night; (606) 663-1012.
  • What to Do: Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center offer wildflower walks and many other nature programs; (606) 663-8100. Red River Adventure rents kayaks ($25) and canoes ($40), including livery service, life vests, and a river map in a waterproof case.

The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment


Chimney Top Rock of Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Blackberry Jam Cake. Blackberry Jam cake is my moms favorite cake beside carrot cake. This recipe is a little different than the one mom uses but I wanted to share this great video from youtube with you guys. I really like this girls videos.

HISTORY OF THE KENTUCKY STACK CAKE

A stack cake is a unique regional variation that replaces a wedding cake, which can be prohibitively expensive in the economically deprived area of Appalachia, United States[ Friends and family each bring a layer for the cake, and the bride's family spreads apple preserves, dried apples, or apple butter between each layer. A stack cake looks like a stack of thick pancakes. It is thought to have originated in the Beaumont Inn of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, by the original settler James Harrod The greater the number of layers, the more popular the couple is considered

Many types of cake layer recipes exist from sponge-like layers of cake to cookie dough-like ones; sometimes a stack cake includes many variations and flavors. One recipe from the Bluegrass region utilizes a sorghum molasses based gingerbread type cake. Stack cake parties that do not involve a wedding occur irregularly but typically serve as a way for people to exchange recipes and gossip. Its use is not limited to Kentucky cuisine but all of Appalachia.

In order to accommodate the typical seven or eight layers, each layer was sometimes pressed very flat[. A few of more common flavorings used were ginger, apple and molasses.

My stack cake that I make each year, usually at Christmas time. The more layers the better, If it sets for about 3 days before you cut then even better.

SORRY FOLKS, BUT I CAN'T GIVE UP MY OWN PERSONAL STACK CAKE RECIPE.

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 Kentucky Apple Stack Cake Recipe

If you ever wonder why a homemade cake cost more, this may let you know why. It's an all day thing folks.

Here is one recipe that I found. If you make it , let me know what you think. The easiest way that I have found to bake the layers is to use the outside bottom of a round cake pan. Grease it with crisco and then pat the dough out onto it and bake. It will slide right off onto a cooling rack after baking and it keeps it from breaking.

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YAHOO FALLS

Cumberland National Forest, now Daniel Boone National Forest, was created in 1937. It includes the Falls and surrounding second-growth timberland. It is owned by the Federal government and management is entrusted to the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest supervisor Robert Collins created the Yahoo Falls Recreation Area in the 1960s. The decision was made to turn Yahoo Falls into an accessible scenic attraction in an effort to lure visitors to the Stearns Ranger District. An all-weather road was built to the top of the gorge and a picnic area and primitive campsite was established. Trails were constructed and a long flight of steel stairs led visitors down into the gorge past cliffs and nearly vertical lush slopes adorned with mountain laurel, rhododendron and many threatened and endangered species of plants .[1]

 

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YAHOO FALLS KENTUCKY/MCCREARY COUNTY

Growing up in Kentucky, Sandy Knipp was my favorite teacher. He was always smiling and laughing and making our class set at total attention by telling us these great stories and having fun. We had no idea that we were learing at the same time. Wow what a long many years ago. 

Sandy & Leigha Knipp

I love Burgoo! We never had it when I was growing up in Kentucky but when I was grown I made it, and I made it a lot. The video below will give a little basic recipe but when I make it, it would feed 50 people easy. I've made it with basic beef, pork, and chicken, and I have made it like the ole timers made it with squirrel, duck, and beef. You can also use deer meat and that is great in place of the beef. The best part of making Burgoo besides eating it is making it in the fall and winter. If you have a place outside to set it up the old fashioned way then do it. You can even build a nice fire in the firepit or use hot coals in your fire pit and place it in a large old iron pot. If you have neither then do it on the grill top in a large pot or just prepare it inside. In North Carolina they add okra, I love fried okra but I cant handle the slimmy cooked stuff.  Anyway I hope if you have never tried Burgoo that you give a go, and don't forget the cornbread!  

My Kentucky Burgoo recipe

Ingredients

 

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3-4 pounds pork shoulder or country ribs, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)

2-3 pounds chuck roast, stew meat, or other inexpensive cut of beef, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)

3-5 chicken legs or thighs (bone-in)

1 green pepper, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 quart chicken stock or broth

1 quart beef stock or broth

1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes

2 large potatoes (we used russets)

1 bag of frozen corn (about a pound)

1 bag of frozen lima beans (about 14 ounces)

Salt and pepper

4-8 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Tabasco or other hot sauce on the side

Directions:

1 Brown the meats: Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large soup pot (at least 8 quart size). Salt the meats well on all sides. When the oil is shimmering hot, working in batches brown all the meats. Do not crowd the pan or the meat will steam and not brown well. Do not move the meat while browning a side. Let the meat pieces get well seared. Remove the browned meats to a bowl.

  • 2 Sauté onions, carrots, celery, green pepper: Add the onions, carrots, celery and green pepper to the pot and brown them. If necessary, add a little more oil to the pot. After a few minutes of cooking, sprinkle salt over the vegetables.

    3 When the vegetables are well browned, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more, until fragrant.

    4 Add back the meats, and the chicken and beef broths and the tomatoes, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 hours.

    5 Remove the meat pieces, strip from bones, cut into smaller pieces, return to pot: Uncover and remove the meat pieces. Strip the chicken off the bone and discard skin if you want. Break the larger pieces

    of meat into smaller, more manageable pieces. The reason you did not do this at first is because the meats stay juicier when they cook in larger pieces.

    Return all the meat pieces to the pot and bring it up to a strong simmer.

    6 Add potatoes: Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks about the same size as the meat pieces (if using new potatoes, you can skip the peeling, but russets you'll want to peel). Add them to the stew and cook them until they are done, about 45 minutes.

    7 When the potatoes are done, add the Worcestershire sauce, mix well and taste for salt. Add more Worcestershire sauce to taste if needed.

    8 Add the corn and lima beans. Mix well and cook for at least 10 minutes, or longer if you’d like. Here is the point where you decide whether you want a burgoo that’s been hammered into a thick mass or a stew with bright colors in it. It’s your call.

    To serve, taste one more time for salt, and add either Worcestershire or salt if you want. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.

Burgoo Festival

The Anderson County Burgoo Festival has a lot of exciting events for 2018! Make plans to attend the festival in downtown Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, September 28, 29, and 30. On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Western Avenue. There will be many other activities throughout the weekend. The festival officially ends at 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Lawrenceburg is located in the heart of central Kentucky on US 127, just miles south of Frankfort.

There will be lots of burgoo, music, and entertainment, as well as vendors of all kinds. Vendors will fill all avenues of the festival with crafts, food, and other assorted goods beginning on Friday morning and will be open during all festival hours.

There are many sponsors that make the Burgoo Festival possible. We thank each of them for their generosity in supporting this annual community celebration.

Harlan was first settled by Samuel and Chloe Howard in 1796. Upon the founding of Harlan County (named for Kentucky pioneer Silas Harlan) in 1819, the Howards donated 12 acres (49,000 m2) of land to serve as the county seat.[4] The community there was already known as "Mount Pleasant", apparently owing to a nearby Indian mound. A post office was established on September 19, 1828, but called "Harlan Court House" due to another Mt. Pleasant preempting that name.[5] During the Civil War, Confederate raiders under Gen. Humphrey Marshall occupied the town; the local postmaster renamed the community "Spurlock" after himself;[5] and, in October 1863, the courthouse was burnt down in reprisal for the Union destruction of the courthouse in Lee County, Virginia.[4] In 1865, the post office was renamed "Harlan" and, although the community was formally incorporated by the state assembly as "Mount Pleasant" on April 15, 1884,[6] the town was already usually called "Harlan Court House" or "Harlan Town" by its inhabitants.[5] The city's terms of incorporation were amended to change the name to "Harlan" on March 13, 1912. One year before, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad had arrived in Harlan and prompted massive growth. The city had initially expanded east along the Clover Fork; after World War II, it also expanded south along Martin's Fork.[4]

Harlan is the site of a criminal case in which a man, Condy Dabney, was convicted in 1924 of murdering a person who was later found alive.[7]

A flood in 1977 prompted federal aid that diverted the Clover Fork into man-made tunnels under Ivy Hill in 1989.[4] In the 1990s, a flood wall was completed on the city's west side along the four-lane bypass U.S. Route 421.

HARLAN KENTUCKY

VAN LEAR KENTUCKY

Incorporated in 1912, the town was named for a director of Consolidation Coal Company (Consol), Van Lear Black. It owes its existence to the viable efforts of John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo. Mayo bought coal rights to land along Miller's Creek in Johnson County, which he later sold to Northern Coal and Coke, which in turn was later acquired by Consol.

Consol built five miles of railroad into the Johnson County property with money loaned by Van Lear Black's Fidelity Trust. Eventually five coal mines were opened and operated in Van Lear from 1910 through 1946. The vast coal deposits were mined from five underground mines around the clock. The miners included immigrant Irish, Italians and Slavs, as well as Appalachians and locals. The mines were integrated; both blacks and whites worked underground. During the boom years the population surpassed 4000.

In 1945 Consol merged with the Pittsburgh Coal Company, then divested itself of its Miller's Creek properties. The people who lived in company-owned housing were given first chance to purchase those homes and many did. However, most of the major buildings were torn down.

VAN LEAR KENTUCKY

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YOU AIN't(and yes i said ain't) FROM KENTUCKY IF YOU DONT EAT SOUP BEANS AND CORNBREAD

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If you're from Kentucky or from the country you like to fish. My son's all love to fish and they love to eat what they catch. It's a great way to have a good time and enjoy doing something together. 

My son Dalton & his buddies . Dalton is standing behind his friend who is sitting .

  • One of my son Jacob's little blue gill fish.

  • My son Josiah with his little fish.

  • Jacob with a little brim.

  • My son Zak's bass.

  • Another bass that Zak caught.

  • My son Dalton with a bass.

fRESH-WATER FISH BATTER

organic corn meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

sea salt

curry powder

cayenne pepper

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

bacon grease

I’ve used this recipe with both blue gill and catfish now, and both turned out excellent.  I have about 5 – 8 fillets to start with.  Mix the egg with the buttermilk (or whole milk).  Mix the dry ingredients.  I use a liberal amount of salt and curry powder with a pinch or two of the cayenne.  You mix to your preference.  Wallow the fillets in the liquid, then coat in the meal and spices.  Fry in a hot skillet in bacon grease (iron always produces the best results) until the fish is flaky and the batter is browned (golden).  If you are from Kentucky, You know good-n-well that bacon grease is a staple item. 

HONEY MOLASSES COOKIES

 

 

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp. real vanilla extract (stay away from imitation extract – vanillan is a villain.  It can double as a pesticide lice killer)
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda (dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water)
  • 2 cups unbleached whole wheat, spelt, or kamut flour
  • Pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients except 1 cup of flour.  Mix together until smooth, then add the remaining flour in slowly.  Cover and let soak from 12-24 hours (you may add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or yogurt to the facilitate the soaking process and break down phytic acid).

When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Drop the mixture from a teaspoon onto a buttered or oiled cookie sheet.  Press flat with the bottom of a glass which has been dipped in flour. (An option is to brush the top of each cookie with melted butter and/or honey but watch them closely so the tops won’t become too brown)  Bake for 12 minutes.  Makes about 30

If you have never eaten a Kentucky Hot Brown, Then you should!!

The cuisine of Kentucky mostly resembles that of traditional Southern cuisine. Some common dinner dishes are fried catfish and hushpuppies, fried chicken and country fried steak. These are usually served with vegetables such as green beans, greens, pinto beans (or "soup beans") slow-cooked with pork as seasoning and served with cornbread. Other popular items include fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, corn pudding, fried okra, and chicken and dumplin's, which can be found across the commonwealth. In addition to this, Kentucky is known for its own regional style of barbecue.[4] This style of barbecue is unique in itself given that it uses mutton, and is a style of Southern barbecue unique to Kentucky.[5] Although Kentucky's cuisine is generally very similar to that of traditional Southern cuisine, it does differ with some unique dishes, especially in Louisville where the Hot Brown and Derby pie originated, although Derby pie is somewhat similar to pecan pie, which is standard among traditional Southern cuisine.

In northwestern parts of Kentucky burgoo is a favorite, while in southwestern parts of the state regular chili con carne is typical staple. In northern Kentucky plus a smaller amount in Louisville and Lexington Cincinnati chili is a popular fast food. That region and the Louisville area also are both home to a pronounced German-American population, translating into northern-like preferences for beer and European sausages. However, the remainder of the state's cuisine tends to be thoroughly Southern, preferring breakfast meats like country ham, ground pork sausage and as their beverage of choice, the state's renowned bourbon whiskey. Some common desserts are chess pie, pecan pie, blackberry cobbler and bread pudding.

Edmonson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,161.[1] Its county seat is Brownsville.[2] The county was formed in 1825 and named for Captain John "Jack" Edmonson (1764–1813), who was killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812.[3][4][5][6] The sale of alcohol is currently prohibited in Edmonson County. Edmonson County is included in the Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

BORN AND RAISED IN FLATWOODS KENTUCKY.

Enjoy your family vacation at one of the many parks located in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Parks. Maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks, the state of Kentucky boasts a total of 49 state parks including 17 full-service Kentucky resort parks (more than any other state)


The Carter County region has the highest concentration of caves to be found in any area of Kentucky. Two of the park’s caves offer guided tours year-round, Cascade Cave and X-Cave. Enjoy a subterranean adventure, created by nature over millions of years. Click here for additional cave tour information.

 

The hiking trail system at Carter Caves State Resort Park is an incredible place to explore. Hikers can expect to find arches, caves and swinging bridges out on the trail. With more than 26 miles of hiking trails to explore, there is plenty of ground to trek.

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON PARK, HENDERSON KENTUCKY

Lexington


Louisville


Mammoth CaveNational Park


Cave Run Lake is nestled among the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. It is located on the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This 8,270-acre lake provides flood protection and a clean water supply to area communities. Tourists enjoy the lake for its scenery and excellent recreation opportunities. 

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout, Bass, Catfish, Walleye, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; Fishing pier, fish cleaning station, and boat launch available

Cave Run Lake Area Map

Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors.

Recreation Areas

Campgrounds: The Twin Knobs and Zilpo campgrounds provide nearly 400 campsites, some with RV hook-ups. The campgrounds also have swimming beaches and group-use picnic areas.

Twin Knobs is a 700-acre campground that provides outdoor recreation with lots of amenities. Nearly 200 campsites are developed to accommodate RVs and tent camping. Twin Knobs is located at Cave Run Lake on Cumberland Ranger District. 

The campground facilities include bath houses with showers and flush toilets; three group-use areas; scenic foot trails with overlooks; and nearby boat ramps with vehicle and boat trailer parking.

Amphitheater programs and scheduled campground activities provide family fun and entertainment. View 2018 Twin Knobs events (pdf)

The campground also has volleyball courts, basketball goals and horseshoe pits.

A sandy beach with a roped swimming area offers visitors a spectacular view of the lake. Boats are allowed outside of the swimming area.

3 Group Use Areas: East (capacity up to 100 persons), West (capacity up to 180 persons), and Tent Area (capacity up to 60 persons)

Kentucky History Timeline

History Timeline of the Native Indians of Kentucky

10,000 BC: Paleo-Indian Era (Stone Age culture) the earliest human inhabitants of America who lived in caves and were Nomadic hunters of large game including the Great Mammoth and giant bison.

7000 BC: Archaic Period in which people built basic shelters and made stone weapons and stone tools

1000 AD: Woodland Period including the Adena culture (mounds, a burial complex and ceremonial system. The Adena lived in a variety of locations, including: Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York.) and Hopewell cultures

1000: Mississippian Culture established. This was the last of the mound-building cultures of North America in Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States

1739: Captain Charles de Longueuil explores Kentucky. The French claimed most of land, established trading posts with help of local Indian tribes 

1750: Thomas Walker explores Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap

1751: Christopher Gist explores the region along the Ohio River

1754: 1754 - 1763: The French Indian War is won by Great Britain against the French so ending the series of conflicts known as the French and Indian Wars

 

1763: Treaty of Paris

 

1775: 1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution.

 

1776: 1776-1794 Chickamauga Wars aka the Second Cherokee War, a series of conflicts of the Cherokee against the encroachment into their territory.

 

1776: July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence

 

1785: Northwest Indian War (1785–1795) in Indiana and Ohio. The Americans suffered 2 humiliating defeats by the American Native Indians until they won the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794

 

1794: General "Mad Anthony" Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers in Ohio ends Indian attacks in Kentucky

 

1803: The United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for 15 million dollars for the land

 

1812: 1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence

 

 

1830: Indian Removal Act

 

 

 

1832: Department of Indian Affairs established

 

1861: 1861 - 1865: The American Civil War.

 

1862: U.S. Congress passes Homestead Act opening the Great Plains to settlers

 

1865: The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy

 

1887: Dawes General Allotment Act passed by Congress leads to the break up of the large Indian Reservations and the sale of Indian lands to white settlers

 

1969: All Indians declared citizens of

 U.S.

 

1979: American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed

 

 

 

The way of life and history of Kentucky Indians was dictated by the natural raw materials available in the State of Kentucky. The natural resources and materials available provided the food, clothing and houses of the Kentucky Indians. Fast facts about the history, culture and life of the State of Kentucky Indians. Discover facts and information about the history of the State of Kentucky Indians.

  • Name of State: Kentucky
  • Meaning of State name: Believed to be derived from the word “Kenta,” meaning “Field” or “Meadow.”
  • Geography, Environment and Characteristics of the State of Kentucky: Mountains in the east; rounded hills in the north; Bluegrass, wooded rocky hillsides
  • Culture adopted by Kentucky Indians: Southeast Cultural Group
  • Languages: Muskogean
  • Way of Life (Lifestyle): Hunter gatherers and hunter farmers
  • Types of housing, homes or shelters: Asi Wattle and Daub houses

Names of the Kentucky Indian Tribes
Until the arrival of the first white settlers Shawnee tribes from north and the Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes from the south of the Cumberland river fought for control of the region. During this time, no one Indian nation held possession of the region that would eventually become Kentucky. There are many famous Native American tribes who played a part in the history of the state and whose tribal territories and homelands are located in the present day state of Kentucky. The names of the Kentucky tribes included the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Mosopelea, Shawnee and Yuchi.

Abduction of Daniel Boone's daughter, Jemima, by Cherokee and Shawnee Indians Kentucky 1776

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he Lost Mountain coal mine, in rural Breathitt County, has been abandoned for over 40 years, but it isn't hard to find—just look for the plumes of billowing smoke. Don't bother calling 9-1-1, though—it seems these underground coal fires are nearly impossible to put out.

50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky

Thunder Over Louisville, the Derby festivities' opening ceremony, has the world's largest fireworks display.

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

Man o' War, one of the most famous horses ever born in Kentucky, never actually ran a race in the state.Man O War Memorial

Starters in the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held horse race, have had names beginning with every letter of the alphabet except for “X”.

The Kentucky Derby

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