"Kentucky: My Parent's Home in Retirement" Top 5 Page for this destination Kentucky by deecat
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Located in east-central United States, Kentucky is where my parents lived after my father retired from Marathon Oil Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. They lived near Benton on Kentucky Lake. Because I often visited them, I grew to love this beautiful state. I have fond memories of fishing for hours with my Dad, checking out junkyards to find parts to fix his car, playing cards with Mom, and shopping with both of them.
The word "Kentucky" comes from the Wyandot Indian word "Kah-ten-tah-teh" which means "plain", an appropriate word for the grassy plains covering parts of the state.
Others say the word means, "Land of Tomorrow". But, most people identify Kentucky by its popular nickname, Bluegrass State, so named because Bluegrass grows in central Kentucky. The grass is really green, but blue buds grow on the grass in the spring, and these blue buds in the large fields look blue from a distance.
Once my parents moved to Kentucky, they acquired what we in Illinois call a Southern accent or "twang". I remember with a smile the many visions I have of my folks and their "Old Kentucky Home"!
So, won't you join me on this tour of the special state my parents called "home"---Kentucky.
Kentucky, like many other states, has the cardinal as its state bird. This lovely songbird makes music similar to a flute.
Although the Coffee Tree used to be the state tree, since 1976, the Tulip Tree has been the official state tree. This tree often lives to be 200 years old! These trees have been known to grow as tall as 150 feet in forests. The Tulip Tree is important to Kentucky's lumber industry.
I'm not too fond of Kentucky's state flower, the Golden Rod, a weedy herb, but bees use its nector to produce honey.
The state adopted the ever-popular gray squirrel as its wild animal, but Kentucky is better known for another state animal, the Thoroughbred horse. This horse was made popular by the annual Kentucky Derby.
These symbols and many others were mostly selected by the children of the state or by the legislature.
There are too many famous people to mention so I've selected the ones whom I know and enjoy or respect.
Daniel Boone is buried in Frankfort.
Muhammad Ali, famous boxer born in Louisville.
George Clooney, actor born in Lexington.
Duncan Hines, founded Duncan Hines Make Mix Co. from Bowling Green.
Abraham Lincoln, US president who lived in Hardin County.
Loretta Lynn, country singer from Paintsville.
Diane Sawyer, TV journalist from Glasgow.
Naomi & Wynonna Judd, famous mother/daughter singing team from Ashland.
Seabiscuit, one of the most successful racehorses of all time. Born in Paris. (Book and movie made about his life and career.)
Billy Ray Cyrus, singer/actor from Flatlands.
- Pros:Diverse regions, stunning landscapes, beautiful lakes & rivers, awesome Mountains, down-to-earth people.
- Cons:Lack of fine restaurants in some of the rural areas
- In a nutshell:Historic state with Southern charm, natural beauty, and great fishing!
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