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Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky which houses two of its major cities, Louisville and Lexington.


  • We got up at four in the morning, that first day in the east. On the evening before we had climbed off a freight train at the edge of town, and with the true instinct of Kentucky boys had found our way across town and to the race track and the stables at once. Then we knew we were all right.
    • Sherwood Anderson, "I Want to Know Why", in The Triumph of the Egg and Other Stories (1921).
  • The head must bow, and the back will have to bend,
    Wherever the darkey may go;
    A few more days, and the trouble all will end,
    In the field where the sugar-canes grow.
    A few more days for to tote the weary load,—
    No matter, 't will never be light;
    A few more days till we totter on the road:—
    Then my old Kentucky home, good-night!
  • The day goes by like a shadow o’er the heart,
    With sorrow where all was delight;
    The time has come when the darkies have to part:
    Then my old Kentucky home, good night!
  • The song birds are the sweetest
    In Kentucky;
    The thoroughbreds are fleetest
    In Kentucky;
    Mountains tower proudest,
    Thunder peals the loudest,
    The landscape is the grandest—
    And politics—the damnedest
    In Kentucky.
    • James H. Mulligan, "In Kentucky," stanza 7; reported in John W. Townsend, "In Kentucky" and its Author, "Jim" Mulligan (1935), p. 8–9.

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