Lexington KY, within Fayette County, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and is known as the “Horse Capital of the World”, as its the heart of the state’s Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class; the other is the state’s largest city of Louisville. In the 2015 U.S. Census Estimate, the city’s population was 314,488, anchoring a metropolitan area of 500,535 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people.
History: Lexington was founded by European Americans in June 1775, in what was then considered Fincastle County, Virginia, 17 years before Kentucky became a state. In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, Col. Robert Patterson and 25 companions came from Fort Harrod and erected a blockhouse. They built cabins and a stockade, establishing a settlement known as Bryan Station. The town was chartered on May 6, 1782, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. In 1806, Lexington was a rising city of the vast territory to the west of the Appalachian Mountains; poet Josiah Espy described it in the following letter: “The country around Lexington for many miles in every direction, is equal in beauty and fertility to anything the imagination can paint and is already in a high state of cultivation.” Residents have fondly continued to refer to Lexington as “The Athens of the West” since Espy’s poem dedicated to the city.
Many of 19th-century America’s leading political and military figures spent part of their lives in the city, including U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis (who attended Transylvania University in 1823 and 1824); Confederate general John Hunt Morgan; U.S. Senator and Vice President John C. Breckinridge; and Speaker of the House, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State Henry Clay, who had a plantation nearby. Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Lexington, and the couple visited the city several times after their marriage in 1842.
Economy: Lexington has one of the nation’s most stable economies. Lexington describes itself as having “a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base”. It has received recognition as well, in 2011 Lexington was ranked as the 4th-best city for “Businesses and Careers” by Forbes magazine, the 5th-best city for Young Professionals in 2008, and 6th-Best “Value Cities” in 2011 by Kiplinger. Notable corporate headquarters include: Xerox, Lockheed-Martin, IBM, UPS, Trane, Amazon.com, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Jif peanut butter, Lexmark International, Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Big Ass Solutions, A&W Restaurants, Fazoli’s, Tempur Sealy International, Florida Tile, Forcht Group of Kentucky, as well as University of Kentucky.
Culture: Lexington is home to many thriving arts organizations including a professional orchestra, two ballet companies, professional theatre, several museums, several choral organizations, and a highly respected opera program at the University of Kentucky. In addition, several annual events and fairs draw people as attendees from throughout the Bluegrass region. Festivals include: Mayfest Arts Fair, Festival of the Bluegrass, the Grand Night for the Singing, Pride Day, the Fourth of July Festival, Woodland Arts Fair, Festival Latino de Lexington, the Southern Lights at Kentucky Horse Park, the ‘Thriller’ Halloween Parade, Thursday Night Live, Gallery Hop, Midsummers Night’s Run, The Artists Market, Crave Music Festival, and many more. There is live music playing at various venues throughout Lexington KY almost every night of the week. From arts, theatre, dining, horses or bourbon, Lexington is a vibrant city with Southern charm and hospitality. You can explore the rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Official Native Spirit” on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, featuring seven signature distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery the Bluegrass has to offer, as well as the Brewgrass Trail that showcases the craft breweries in teh Bluegrass with an energetic and friendly atmosphere at each stop.
- City of Lexington KY
- Blue Grass Airport, Lexington KY
- Lextran public transportation system
- Lexington Public Library
- Downtown Lexington Corporation
- LexPark parking authority
Things to do in Lexington KY:
- Lexington Herald Leader
- Lexington Visitors Center
- Rupp Arena & Convention Center
- Lexington KY Tourism
- Local Calendar of Lexington KY by Smiley Pete Publishing
- Lex18.com News & Weather
- Kentucky Horse Park
- Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing & Sales
- Ashland Henry Clay Estate
- Mary Todd Lincoln House
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