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Louisville is located in the northern part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by the Falls of the Ohio. This area of modern day Kentucky has been inhabited from at least 1,000 BC until roughly 1650 AD, when the “Beaver Wars” depopulated a large swathe of the region. This area was not settled again until United States personnel arrival, but it was used as a hunting ground by the Shawnee and Cherokee peoples. Colonel George Rogers Clark created the first United States settlement here on Corn Island in 1778. Col. Clark is credited as the founder of Louisville, which he named in honor of King Louis XVI of France, who was aiding the United States during the American Revolutionary War at that time. The city of Louisville, Kentucky was officially incorporated in 1828.
As reported by a 2014 estimate by the US Census Bureau, the consolidated city-county area of Louisville, Kentucky has a total population of 760,026 people. This makes Louisville the most populous city area in the state of Kentucky and the 30th most populous city in the country. As for Louisville’s metropolitan statistical area, according to that same report it has a population of 1,269,702 people. This makes it the United States’s 43rd most populous metropolitan area.
Louisville, Kentucky is located near the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area. This area is considered a U.S. National Natural Landmark. Due to the river’s proximity to the city, Louisville, Kentucky has always been a major player in the shipping and cargo industries. In fact, today, the city holds the unique position in the center of the United States as being within one day’s travel of 60% of the cities in the continental U.S.
Louisville, Kentucky also holds the distinction as the headquarters of the Worldport global air-freight hub for UPS at Louisville International Airport. Other companies with headquarters in and around the city include Humana, GE Appliances & Lighting, Hillerich & Bradsby, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Louisville, Kentucky, as can be surmised, is also a major center for the American whiskey industry. One third of all bourbon comes from Louisville. Major distilleries in the area include Brown-Forman and Heaven Hill.
Louisville, Kentucky is also famous as the headquarters of Hillerich & Bradsby, producers of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. This company also oversees the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Hillerich & Bradsby are owned by sporting goods manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods. Other than the infamous sluggers, H&B also produces baseball gloves, golf clubs, golf gloves, and other equipment under the PowerBilt brand.
Louisville, Kentucky is home to the University of Louisville, which was established in 1798. This public university, as of 2015, has an endowment of $876.82 million, with 22,367 students enrolled in total. This university is famous for its School of Medicine, which was the site (in 2001) of the first fully self-contained artificial heart transplant surgery.
The sporting scene in Louisville has two main components. The first of which is the University of Louisville’s Louisville Cardinals, who play in NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. The Louisville Cardinals have won the NCAA team national championships three times, all in Men’s Basketball. The Cardinals Basketball teams play their home games in the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville Cardinals Baseball teams play their home games at Jim Patterson Stadium, while Louisville Cardinals Football teams play their home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The second component of Louisville, Kentucky’s sporting scene is, of course, the Kentucky Derby. This Grade I stakes thoroughbred horse race was inaugurated in 1875 and is located at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown. “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is followed on this circuit by the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Unlike these last two legs, however, the Kentucky Derby has run continuously since its inauguration. This race’s purse is $2 million, while first place receives $1,425,000.
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