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General background about the Kentucky Flag

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The Kentucky flag consists of the Commonwealth's seal centered on a navy blue field, surrounded by the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" above and sprigs of goldenrod, the state flower, below.

  • MOTTO: "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
  • ENTERED UNION: June 1, 1792
  • FLAG ADOPTED: March 26, 1918 (Flag detail-specifics adopted in 1962)
  • COMMENTS: The state motto comes from the lyrics of "The Liberty Song", a patriotic song from the American Revolution.


The Kentucky state flag is proportionally longer than other state flags. The flag was designed by Jesse Cox Burgess, an art teacher from Frankfort. The flag was adopted by the state General Assembly on March 26, 1918, although details of the design were not included. In 1928 the process was finalized by including a drawing in the statutes, or so they thought. Over the years dimensions of the flag were allowed to vary (although the appearance remained consistent), apparently the finalized version adopted in 1928 was not specific enough. This issue was remedied in 1962 through further legislation.


Kentucky Flag
State Flag, Kentucky




  • Mammoth Cave, with its 340 miles of mapped passageways, is the longest cave system in the world. Visitors have come to explore it since 1816.
  • Kentucky bluegrass gets its name not from the color of the grass (which is green) but from the bluish buds the grass produces in the spring and that make meadows look blue.
  • Pike County has produced more than 133 billion tons of coal, more than any other county in the country.
  • Corbin is home to the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders.
  • Fort Knox is home to more than 147.3 million troy ounces of gold, held in underground vaults, which is worth about $130 billion at 2012 prices. Stored in 8-foot-tall stacks, the standard gold bar weighs approximately 400 ounces or 27.5 pounds each. It is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world. In addition to gold bullion, the Mint has stored valuable items for other government agencies. The Magna Carta was once stored there.
  • Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were both born in log houses in Kentucky. Lincoln's birthplace was Sinking Spring Farm, southeast of Elizabethtown (1809); Davis's was in Fairview (1808).


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