By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 1, 2022) – In Issue 2022-098 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate a southern addition to the union on this day in 1792.

Kentucky Joins the Union

The Commonwealth of Kentucky planned to join the Union as the 14th State on June 1, 1792.  

So, when you just Googled it, you saw Kentucky listed as the 15th state joining on the above date.  Well, that is because New York gave up territory that was part of New York in their eyes up to two years prior.  Then said territory became the state of Vermont, two years ahead of Kentucky.  This splitting of states might happen again, should California split into two parts as has been suggested on and off for a few decades…

Kentucky has the world’s longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave; is a major agricultural producer including wheat, tobacco, and goat and cattle farming; is home to bourbon, bluegrass music, Kentucky Fried Chicken, superior college basketball, the Louisville Slugger, Cassius Clay / Muhammed Ali, the premier horse race in the Kentucky Derby and so on.  

To sum it up, Kentucky is home to three sins — bourbon, tobacco, and horse racing – and superior college basketball. (EDITOR’S NOTE: “Superior college basketball” is an editorial opinion expressed by the author, not a substantiated fact.)

Here is Mitchell’s map of the Commonwealth from 1850.

Kentucky from 1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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