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"Kentuck'y, an E. central state of the American Union, in the Mississippi Valley, bounded N. by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, E. by West Virginia and Virginia, S. by Tennessee, and W. by Missouri. The Ohio River separates it from the states on the N.; its E. line follows the Big Sandy River and its Tug Fork to the crest of the Cumberland Mountains, which form the S.E. limit of the state; the S. boundary, to the E. of the Tennessee River, is the parallel of 36° 38' N., and thence westward follows that of 36° 30' N.; and the Mississippi River marks the W. limit. Area, 40,400 square miles...

Population.–In 1790 the population was 73,677; in 1800, 220,955; in 1810, 406,511; in 1820, 564,135; in 1830. 687,917; in 1840, 779,828; in 1850, 982,405: in 1860, 1,155,684; in 1876, 1,321,011; in 1880, 1,648,690; in 1890, 1,858,635."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1769 - First visit made by Daniel Boone to Kentucky
    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1792 - Kentucky became 15th U. S. state
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1797 - Mammoth Cave main section discovered by Robert Houchins
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • News  February 6, 1807 - It was the famous "Cold Friday" in the Midwest and South. The temperature did not rise above zero in Ohio and Kentucky.
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    February 6, 1807
  • 1812 - Eatrhquake occurred; tidal waves created on Mississippi River, river flowed backward, created Kentucky Bend, formed Reelfoot Lake area
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1812 - In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html
  • 1818 - Western portion of Kentucky purchased by President Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians (Jackson Purchase)
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1830 - Louisville and Portland Canal opened
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1861 - May 20 - American Civil War: Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
    www.wikipedia.org
    May 20, 1861
  • 1861 - September 3 – American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1861 - December 10 – American Civil War: Kentucky is accepted into the Confederate States of America.
    www.wikipedia.org
    December 10, 1861
  • News  1868 - A Kentucky statue gives to the widow and minor children of a person killed by the careless, wanton or malicious use of deadly weapons, an action against the person committing the killing.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 18, 1868
  • News  1869 - In Taylor county, Ky., the other day, two young men were poisoned by eating hemlock root. It was thought one of them could not recover.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869
  • 1899 - December 16 - Augusta High School in Augusta, Kentucky, burns down due to a heating plant failure.
    www.wikipedia.org
    December 16, 1899
  • 1900 - Over 1,500 armed civilians took control of Capitol for two weeks; governor declared martial law, activated Kentucky militia; Governor William Goebel shot by assassin
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • (1905 - 1909) Black Patch War - farmers burned barns and fields belonging to large tobacco interests; ended tobacco-buying monopoly (Kenturcky)
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1926 - Mammoth Cave National Park established
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1936 - Last legal public hanging in Kentucky occurred
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • 1944 - Kentucky Dam completed
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • January 28, 1963 - The low of -34 degrees at Cynthiana, KY, equalled the state record established just four days earlier at Bonnieville.
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