Kentucky Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 3 hours and 10 minutes on the University of Kentucky campus and the surrounding downtown area. I then walked for 1 hour and 50 minutes in Elizabethtown, Kentucky while on the way to Nashville.

Highlights of the Kentucky leg of the tour:

  • I was able to get a lot of work done while in my hotel.
  • Much of the drive through the state was beautiful.
  • The hotel I stayed in was the best value of any hotel I’ve had during the entire trip.  It was the best hotel, with the best bed, with the best internet, with the hottest water, ALL FOR THE LOWEST PRICE !!!
  • The weather was fine WHILE I was walking.  The minute I stopped walking, it started raining.  By the time I got to Nashville, it was raining pretty hard.
  • The unexpected visit to Elizabethtown was nice.  They had a really interesting museum that focused on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War quite a bit, which was great because I’ve been listening to an audiobook on Abraham Lincoln.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about Kentucky:

  • As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of total area, the 36th largest in land area, and ranks 26th in population.  After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville  between 1784 and 1792. In 1790, Kentucky’s delegates accepted Virginia’s terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union. Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State”, a nickname based on the fact that native bluegrass  is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil. It made possible the breeding of high-quality livestock, especially thoroughbred racing horses. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park; the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the Lower 48 states; and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. It is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nation’s most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, automobile manufacturing, tobacco and college basketball.
  • The origin of Kentucky’s name (variously spelled Cane-tuck-ee, Cantucky, Kain-tuck-ee, and Kentuckee before its modern spelling was accepted)  does not have a consensus. It is unlikely to mean “dark and bloody ground”, as is commonly believed, because no variation of the word is associated with that meaning in any known Native American language. It is not a combination of “cane” and “turkey”. The most likely etymology is that it comes from an Iroquoian word kenhtake meaning “meadow” or “prairie” (c.f. Mohawk kenhtà:ke, Seneca këhta’keh). Other possibilities also exist: the suggestion of early Kentucky pioneer George Rogers Clark that the name means “the river of blood”, related to 13th century wars in which the Iroquois pushed other tribes out of the area;a Wyandot name meaning “land of tomorrow”; a Shawnee term possibly referring to the head of a river; or the Algonquian word, kenten (river bottom).
  • Kentucky is considered to be situated in the Upland South. It is infrequently also included in the Midwest. A significant portion of Kentucky is part of Appalachia. Kentucky borders seven states, from the Midwest and the Southeast. West Virginia lies to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Tennessee to the south, Missouri to the west, Illinois and Indiana to the northwest, and Ohio to the north and northeast. Only Missouri and Tennessee, both of which border eight states, touch more states.
  • Kentucky was a border state during the American Civil War. Although frequently described as never having seceded, representatives from several counties met at Russellville calling themselves the “Convention of the People of Kentucky” and passed an Ordinance of Secession on November 20, 1861.They established a Confederate government of Kentucky with its capital in Bowling Green.Though Kentucky was represented by the central star on the Confederate battle flag, the Russellville Convention did not represent the majority of residents. A year earlier, philosopher Karl Marx wrote to Friedrich Engels that the result of a vote deciding how Kentucky would be represented at a convention of the border states was “100,000 for the Union ticket, only a few thousand for secession.” Kentucky officially remained “neutral” throughout the war due to Union sympathies of many of the Commonwealth’s citizens. Confederate Memorial Day is observed by some in Kentucky on Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday, June 3.

Next stop, Tennessee.