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
Symbols of Kentucky).
Dates in Kentucky
1774 James Harrod established the first
permanent white settlement at Harrodsburg. 1792
Kentucky became the 15th state.
was formed in 1774 to exploit and colonize the area that
now comprises most of Kentucky and Tennessee.
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.
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.
was one of the early explorers of southeastern Kentucky.
It was he who discovered the Cumberland Gap.
The 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.