The Kentucky flag consists of the
Commonwealth's seal centered on a navy blue field,
surrounded by the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" above and
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
Liberty Song", a patriotic song from the American
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
- 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
- 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).