Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer

More Kentucky Facts

State Arboretum: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

State Bird: native redbird, commonly known as the Kentucky cardinal (Richmondena cardinalis).

State Botanical Garden: University of Kentucky/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum

State Bourbon Festival: Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown.

State Butterfly: viceroy.

State Fish: Kentucky bass.

Photo of goldenrod in bloom

State Flower: The goldenrod (genus Solidago) is the state flower of Kentucky. More than 30 varieties are native to Kentucky and two, Short's and the white-haired (S. shortii and S. albopilosa), occur in few places outside Kentucky.

State Fossil: brachiopod

State fruit: blackberry

State Gemstone: fresh-water pearl

State Horse: thoroughbred

State Mineral: coal

State Latin Motto: Deo gratiam habeamus

State Soil: Crider soil series

State Song: "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!," by Stephen Foster

State Bluegrass Song: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe

State Tree: tulip poplar (changed from the Kentucky coffee tree in 1994)

State Wild Animal Game Species: gray squirrel

Covered Bridges. Kentucky has thirteen covered bridges still standing, some still in use.


Information about travelling and vacationing in Kentucky is available from the Kentucky Department of Travel's Kentucky tourism web site. Links to other state offices can be found on the main state government web site.

The official state highway map and individual county maps are available from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

A listing of selected Kentucky place names is available.

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