The State of Kentucky

History

Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792, becomingthe first U.S. state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Frontiersman Daniel Boone was one of Kentucky's most prominent explorers and many immigrants followed the trail he blazed through the Cumberland Gap, known as the Wilderness Road.

The Name "Kentucky" is of native American origin and has been attributed to several different languages with several different possible meanings, including the Iroquois word "ken-tah-ten," which means land of tomorrow.