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Louisville Facts

Louisville balances longstanding traditions with an increasingly progressive way of life, embraces diverse cultural roots, and mixes urban excitement with Great neighborhoods and Quiet natural areas.

Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky.

Louisville is the 27th largest city in the United States.

Louisville was named the US top destination spot for 2013

In 2010, the population cities consolidated population was over 741,000.

Louisville is best known as being the home of the Kentucky Derby - the most intense two minutes in Sports!

The Kentucky Derby first ran in Louisville in 1875.

Louisville is home of the Kentucky Derby Festival

Louisville is home of Thunder Over Louisville — The largest fireworks show in the US!

The first settlement of Louisville was in 1778 by Col. George Rogers Clark (founder).

Louisville was named in honor of King Louise XVI of France who's soldiers aided Americans during the Revolutionary War. 

Lewis & Clark organized their expedition across America in Clarksville, IN at the present day Falls of the Ohio.

During the Civil War, Louisville was a major stronghold of the Union which helped keep Kentucky in the Union (though no major battles were fought here).

70% of the city was under water during the Great Flood of '37 (19 inches of rain fell within a month between January and February )

During WWII, C-46 cargo planes were built in Louisville.

Louisville has the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States and the 3rd largest historically preserved district in the United States is located in Old Louisville.

Some of
Louisville’s largest employers are United Parcel Service, Humana and Norton Healthcare

Louisville is home to one of Ford Motor Company's Assembly plants.

Louisville is also home to many major corporations, including:
    Papa Johns
    YUM (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut)
    UPS Airlines
    Texas Roadhouse

Source:  Wikipedia

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