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Facts and FiguresFacts and Figures
Origin of Name Based on the Iroquois word Ken-tah-ten, meaning "land of tomorrow." Area (rank) 40,411 sq mi (37th). Population (rank) 4,395,295 (26th). Capital Frankfort. Admitted to Union (rank) June 1, 1792 (15th).
Official Symbols of KentuckyOfficial Symbols of Kentucky
Historic Dates in KentuckyImportant Dates in Kentucky
1774 James Harrod established the first permanent white settlement at Harrodsburg. 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state.
Transylvania CompanyThe Transylvania Company
was formed in 1774 to exploit and colonize the area that now comprises most of Kentucky and Tennessee.
William Taylor BarryWilliam Taylor Barry
served several discontinuous terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, as Kentucky Secretary of State, and other state positions, before being named as the first Postmaster General to hold a position in the Cabinet.
Daniel BooneDaniel Boone
explored much of present-day Kentucky, helped blaze the Wilderness Road, a trail through the Cumberland Gap, and led a group of settlers into the area.
Dr. John WalkerDr. John Walker
was one of the early explorers of southeastern Kentucky. It was he who discovered the Cumberland Gap.
Cumberland GapThe Cumberland Gap
is a low point in the Cumberland Mountains where the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia meet. Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the gap to make settlement of Kentucky easier.

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