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Louisville: One of Kentuckys History and Legacy Factories

By Albert Horgustin Subscribe to RSS | April 28th 2012 | Views:
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If the state of Kentucky rings a bell, maybe it’s the fact that it’s where the “finger-lickin’” chicken started. The Bluegrass State has its share of history along with famous people hailing from its cities and towns. One of the cities where legacies are born and history is made is the biggest in the state: Louisville.

The founders of this bustling city decided to thank Louis XVI of France for helping America win the Revolution by naming it after him. Since its inception in 1778, steamboats helped the once quaint town grow into an industrial power. Throughout history, it was the site of major battles, as well as a frequent itinerary for tornadoes. Of course, those did not stop Louisville from producing ordinary people who made history people like:

Muhammad Ali: Known as the Louisville Lip, Ali is, simply put, one of the greatest the world of boxing has ever seen. One of his most historical fights took place in Manila in the Philippines, where he faced off Joe Frazier and retained his heavyweight champion title. His feats would go down in history and be set in stone in the form of places like the Muhammad Ali Center at Museum Row, near I-64.

Abraham Lincoln: As the man who ended slavery in the United States, Lincoln helped push the country in a new era of prosperity. During the Civil War, he led the larger Union States to victory and gave slaves equal rights to life, liberty, and property. Scholars and the public continue to adore him as one of the greatest presidents the country ever had.

George R. Clark: Who could forget the man who founded Louisville? Clark led famous battles in the Northwest, like in Kaskaskia and Vincennes, which significantly weakened British hold in the region. The early seed of Louisville KY was sown in Corn Island, an outpost in the Falls of Ohio. His resting place can be found in Cave Hill Cemetery along Baxter Avenue.

Thomas A. Edison: Perhaps, if it weren’t for Edison, the world would still be using candles and gas lamps. Although born in Ohio, Edison settled in Louisville KY for a few years while working as a telegrapher for Western Union. He was also credited with other inventions such as the phonograph.

You can check out more famous people in Louisville by visiting its website for tourist information at GoToLouisville.com. Don’t forget to check Louisville KY events for any event to honor the fine men and women who hailed from this bustling city.

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