Louisville, Kentucky is considered the most northern of all the southern cities because of its location in northern Kentucky, near the Ohio River border between Kentucky and the northern state of Indiana. Louisville is most famous for hosting the most well-known horse race in the United States, the Kentucky Derby?. The Kentucky Derby takes place the first Saturday of May, and is followed by a two week long festival, which boasts the largest fireworks display held in the United States.
The city also annually hosts the thespian heaven of the Humana Festival of New American Plays?, which is a new-play festival viewed by international audiences. Louisville is also home of the bat of Major League Baseball, the Louisville Slugger, and creates 1/3 of all Americaís whiskey bourbon. The city doesnít just have temporary entertainments and tempters, throughout the year the city possesses plenty of parks and antebellum history to keep any resident or visitor busy.
The Louisville area was first settled in 1778 Col. George Rogers Clark. The city was named in honor of the French King XVI who, at the time, was helping the Americanís during the American Revolutionary War. Early on the city became an important transportation hub because of itís location on the Ohio River. The city had one of the largest slave trades in the US during the pre-Civil War period, but during the war it was used as a base for the Union Army. Today, with the addition of railway and automobiles, the city remains an important transportation hub and is actually located a dayís drive away from 60% of American cities.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Although the city has a large rail system for cargo, it is one of the largest American cities without an Amtrak connection. The city does, however, have a Greyhound station, which unfortunately is located in the sketchiest part of town.
Humana Festival of New American Plays?
Louisville Slugger Museum?
Kentucky Derby Museum?
Muhammad Ali Center?