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Offical Name Commonwealth of Kentucky
Nickname Bluegrass State
Abbreviations KY, US-KY
Origin of Name Unknown, possibly from Wyandot, Iroquoian, Algonquian or Shawnee Indian language

Official Language English
Admission to Union 14 December 1792
Time Zones Central, Eastern
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Capital Frankfort
Largest City Louisville
Population 4,041,869 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn

Industry: transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism

Area 40,444 square miles (104,749 km2)
Major Rivers Cumberland River, Green River, Kentucky River, Mississippi River, Ohio River
Major Lakes Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland
Highest Point Black Mountain - 4,145 feet (1263 meters)
Bordering States Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag Kentucky Flag
Motto United we stand, divided we fall
Song My Old Kentucky Home
Bluegrass Song Blue Moon of Kentucky
Slogan Unbridled Spirit
Center for Celebration of African-American Heritage Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
Honey Festival Clarkson Honeyfest
Arboretum Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Botanical Garden University of Kentucky-Fayette County Arboretum
Science Center Louisville Science Center
Wild Animal Gray Squirrel
Bird Kentucky Cardinal
Horse Thoroughbred
Butterfly Viceroy Butterfly
Fish Kentucky Bass
Fossil Brachiopod
Flower Goldenrod
Fruit Blackberry
Tree Tulip Popular, formerly was the Kentucky Coffeetree
Drink Milk
Rock Kentucky Agate
Gemstone Freshwater Pearl
Mineral Coal
Soil Crider Soil Series
Dance Clogging
Musical Instrument Appalachian Dulcimer
Theatre Pipe Organ Kentucky Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Outdoor Musical Stephen Foster - The Musical

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