Louisville ( (listen) LOO-ə-vəl, (listen) LOO-ee-vil, (listen) LUUV-əl) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, located in the northern region of the state, on the border with Indiana.
Louisville, named for King Louis XVI of France, was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, making it one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. Sited beside the Falls of the Ohio, the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio River and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site. It was the founding city of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, which grew into a 6,000-mile (9,700 km) system across 13 states.
Today, the city is known as the home of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the University of Louisville and its Louisville Cardinals athletic teams, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and three of Kentucky's six Fortune 500 companies, being Humana, Kindred Healthcare and Yum! Brands. Its main airport is also the site of United Parcel Service's worldwide air hub.
Since 2003, Louisville's borders have been the same as those of Jefferson County, after a city-county merger. The official name of this consolidated city-county government is the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, abbreviated to Louisville Metro. Despite the merger and renaming, the term "Jefferson County" continues to be used in some contexts in reference to Louisville Metro, particularly including the incorporated cities outside the "balance" which make up Louisville proper. The city's total consolidated population as of the 2017 census estimate was 771,158. However, the balance total of 621,349 excludes other incorporated places and semiautonomous towns within the county and is the population listed in most sources and national rankings.
is a historic preservation
district and neighborhood in central Louisville
, in the United States
. It is the third largest such district in the United States
, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture
. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows
in the U.S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era
styles of Romanesque Revival
, Queen Anne
, and Italianate
. A large number of blocks have had few or no buildings razed. There are also several 20th century buildings from 15 to 20 stories.
Old Louisville is not actually the oldest part of Louisville. In fact, large-scale development south of Broadway did not begin until the 1870s, nearly a century after what is now Downtown Louisville was first settled. The area was initially part of three different military land grants issued in 1773, and throughout the early and mid-19th century the land passed through the hands of several speculators, meanwhile much of it was used as farmland. Some of the land south of Broadway was still in its natural state during this time, such as the 50-acre tract between Broadway and Breckenridge, known as Jacob's Woods, a popular picnic ground as late as 1845. A major attraction was Oakland Race Track, near today's Seventh and Ormsby, built in 1839 and an early forerunner to Churchill Downs.
Did you know...
- ...that the influx of Irish to Louisville (example of Irish-built housing pictured) led to the diminishing of slaves in Louisville by 1860?
- ...that the Old Fashioned, possibly the first drink to be called a cocktail, was invented at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1880s?
- ... that Louisville, Kentucky's first rock and roll venue, in Lake Dreamland, may have been burned down by an angry resident?
- ...that political boss John Henry Whallen influenced every election in Louisville, Kentucky from 1885 until his death in 1913?
- ...that the 32nd Indiana Monument at Cave Hill Cemetery is the oldest surviving monument of the American Civil War?
- ...that Louisville, Kentucky's first parking garage was built in 1953, as an addition to the 1913 Starks Building?
- ...that Paul C. Barth, former mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, committed suicide after being ridiculed for a scandal involving the use of city funds to buy an expensive saddle horse?
On this day in Louisville history...
Fourth Street Live!
is an entertainment
district located on 4th Street, between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky
. It is owned and was developed by the Cordish Company
; it was designed by Louisville architects, Bravura Corporation.
The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau opened its new Visitor Information Center at the North entrance to Fourth Street Live. The new center totals nearly 3,000 square feet, and includes two permanent exhibits, where visitors can learn about the stories of two of Kentucky's most famous icons: Kentucky Bourbon and Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The center will also supply information to outside passersby via a high-tech video wall that will run video on different cultural events and attractions.
(born September 18, 1952) is the head basketball coach
at the University of Louisville
. He has also served as head coach at Providence College
and the University of Kentucky
, leading that program to the NCAA championship
. Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA
history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to the Final Four
. He has coached on the professional level for the New York Knicks
and Boston Celtics
with mixed success. He has earned respect as both a coach and motivator.
Pitino is considered by many to be one of the first coaches to promote fully taking advantage of the 3-point shot, first adopted by the NCAA in 1987. By exploiting the 3-point shot, his teams at Kentucky in the early 1990s were known as Pitino's Bombinos, as a significant portion of the offensive points came from the 3-point shot. Even now, Pitino's teams are known for the 3-point threat and all of his teams rank towards the top in 3-point attempts per season.
- "It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville." – Paul Hornung
- "It's important to support this because of what happened right here. It's like living in Louisville and someone never having been to the Derby. I don't think a lot of people realize what goes on here." – Mark Wells
- "As the state's biggest city, Louisville sets the precedent." – Mike Kuntz
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