Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Up with U.S. Geography: Kentucky

State Name:


Date of Entry:
June 1, 1792

Map of USA. Kentucky outlined in dark ink, shaded &
with name written on it.

A close-up of Kentucky & its neighbors.

Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee

Water Borders:
Mississippi River, Ohio River

Total Area:
40,409 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington

Famous Geographical Point:
Lake Cumberland

State Nickname:
The Bluegrass State. Because of the abundant amount of bluegrass (the plant, not the music) in the state.

Famous Person:
Muhammad Ali, titan of boxing

Book Set In/About:
The Great Meadow by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

Set during Kentucky's early history, it's about pioneers from Virginia.

Movie Set In/About:
"Harlan County, U.S.A." (1976), directed by Barbara Kopple

A documentary about the 1973 miners' strike in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Headline of the Day:
"Kentucky Prime Spot to View 2017's Rare Solar Eclipse" on WLWT Cincinnati.


Patricia said...

Fun fact re: solar eclipse. Silver Falls State Park in Oregon is also in a prime location. All of its campsites are already reserved.

When I moved from MA to OR, it seemed to take us forever to drive through Kentucky. This was partly because it was the first big state we encountered, and partly because we transversed it the long way across and partly because we toured around to a couple of places, never really getting to the tourist destinations we were seeking at the right time. Maybe also we took a wrong turn and had to backtrack? Anyway, I enjoyed my time in Kentucky. One feature I found interesting was that the houses were set right up against the road. Even if they had a lot of acreage.

balyien said...

It doesn't surprise me in the least that nerds up in Oregon have already booked up campsites well in advance of the solar eclipse. I say that with great affection.

Of the 15 states I've already covered in this project, I've only been to 3: Virginia briefly and Pennsylvania & Kentucky more extensively. I remember going to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and also some fort or old timey town that had to do with Daniel Boone. The internet tells me it was probably Fort Boonesborough. My mom really loved going to forts, which is a little odd when you think about it. Whenever someone asks you what you like to do on vacation, they rarely include "visit forts" as one of the possibilities.