Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state’s second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County. Since 2003, Louisville’s borders have been the same as those of Jefferson County because of a city-county merger. Louisville KY is the city is known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the University of Louisville and its Louisville Cardinals athletic teams, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and three of Kentucky’s six Fortune 500 companies.
History: Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France, making Louisville one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. Two years later, in 1780, the Virginia General Assembly approved the town charter of Louisville. Early residents lived in forts to protect themselves from Indian raids, but moved out by the late 1780s. In 1803, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clarkorganized their expedition across America in the town of Clarksville, Indiana at the present-day Falls of the Ohio opposite Louisville, Kentucky. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, at the Louisville Jockey Club track (later renamed Churchill Downs).
Economy: Louisville today is home to dozens of companies and organizations across several industrial classifications. Louisville’s importance to the shipping industry continues today with the presence of the Worldport global air-freight hub for UPS at Louisville International Airport. Louisville is also home to Humana, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies. Louisville has emerged as a major center for the health care and medical sciences industries. It is also home to Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company, Brown & Williamson, Reynolds American Company, Brown & Williamson, and also located in Louisville are two major Ford plants, the headquarters of GE Appliances & Lighting (a subsidiary of General Electric), and a major General Electric appliance factory.
Louisville prides itself in its large assortment of small, independent businesses and restaurants, some of which have become known for their ingenuity and creativity. In 1926, the Brown Hotel became the home of the Hot Brown “sandwich”. A few blocks away, the Seelbach Hotel, which F. Scott Fitzgerald references in The Great Gatsby, is also famous for a secret back room where Al Capone would regularly meet with associates during the Prohibition era.
Culture: Louisville is home to many annual cultural events: the Kentucky Derby, Thunder over Louisville, Kentucky Derby Festival, the Pegasus Parade, The Great Steamboat Race, Great Balloon Race, Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the largest annual Beatles Festival in the world, Abbey Road on the River, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Forecastle Festival, Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Gaslight Festival, St. James Court Art Show, and First Friday Hop. Louisville has blossomed as a booming center for independent art, music and business on Bardstown Road, which constitutes much of the city’s culture and diverse lifestyle, contributing to the unofficial “Keep Louisville Weird” slogan.
- City of Louisville KY
- Louisville Courier-Journal
- Louisville International Airport
- TARC – The Transit Authority of the River City
- PARC – Parking Authority of the River City
- Louisville Free Public Library
- Louisville Downtown Partnership
- Louisville Visitors Center
Things to do in Louisville KY:
- GotoLouisville.com Calendar of Events
- Louisville KY Visitors Center
- Louisville KY International Convention Center
- Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
- Kentucky Derby Museum
- Churchill Downs
- Muhammad Ali Center
- Louisville Zoo
- Louisville Magazine
- University of Louisville
- Insider Louisville
Upscale Furniture serves the Louisville KY area:
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