Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Louisville, Kentucky the birthplace of cheeseburger…

Louisville, Kentucky the birthplace of cheeseburger…

Louisville (usually pronounced  /ˈluːǝvǝl/ (help·info); ) is Kentucky's largest city and county seat of Jefferson County. Since 2003, the city's borders are coterminous with those of the county due to merger. The city's estimated population as of 2006 is listed as 557,789, with a population of 1,233,733 in the Louisville metropolitan area. Louisville is most famous as the home of "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports": the Kentucky Derby, the widely watched first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Louisville is situated in north-central Kentucky on the Kentucky-Indiana border at the only natural obstacle in the Ohio River, the Falls of the Ohio. Because it includes counties in Southern Indiana, the Louisville metropolitan area is regularly referred to as Kentuckiana. A resident of Louisville is referred to as a Louisvillian. Although situated in a Southern state, Louisville is influenced by both Midwestern andSouthern culture, and is commonly referred to as either the northernmost Southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States.[4][5]
The settlement that became the City of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France.
Here are a few unique tidbits about Louisville, Kentucky that I came across recently that I thought I would share with you:
 Weird facts
National Products, Inc. produces ninety-percent of the United States’ disco balls right here in Louisville.  
Ear-x-tacy was ranked 9th in the world on GQ magazine’s list of 20 favorite record stores. 
The local Carmichael’s bookstore was also named as Publisher Weekly’s, Bookseller of the Year. 
West Main Street has been named by the American Planning Association as one of the Great Streets in America because of its contributions to the renaissance of downtown Louisville, as well as its architectural legacy.  
They have the world’s biggest baseball bat and you don’t! …they also invented the Cheeseburger!
Attractions 
With more than 120 attractions, many of them one-of-a-kind, Louisville has something for every age and interest. Discover the history of the city’s beginnings on the Ohio River, the traditions of the Kentucky Derby or the makings of the legendary Louisville Slugger.  London’s Royal Armouries are on display at their only location outside of England, the Frazier International History Museum and the life and ideals of  Muhammad Ali can be explored at a magnificent center in his hometown.  Take time to explore the city’s nooks and crannies in neighborhoods like Old Louisville. Visit the “Urban Bourbon Trail,” where you can raise a glass at six of the world’s best-stocked and most-celebrated whiskey bars. Or take a short drive to one of Bourbon Country’s famous distilleries.

Spectator sports include a Triple A baseball team at Louisville Slugger Field, an indoor football league and the college sports of the University of Louisville Cardinals and Bellarmine University Knights. Live Thoroughbred racing is offered at Churchill Downs in the spring and fall, and simulcast wagering is offered year-round.

Louisville is also an art city. The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and the new 21C Museum Hotel offer permanent and changing exhibits. Galleries abound with monthly “trolley hops” to showcase exhibits. Blown glass is a popular medium with two downtown studios – Glassworks and Flame Run. Louisville is one of only a few cities in the U.S. with a professional full-time orchestra, opera, ballet, children’s theatre, dinner theatre and Broadway series.

The list of must-see attractions goes on and on, from baby animals at the zoo to unique museums and historic homes. So what are you waiting for? Dive into the details of the search and we think you’ll agree that Louisville has something for everyone!
Itinerary Planning
To assist you in planning the most successful Derby City tour, we have created seven themed itineraries included in our new “Nothing But Original” Itinerary booklet. These itineraries are just a sampling of what your group can experience on a trip to Louisville, a destination with true “horsepower.” Each itinerary can be customized to fit your groups’ needs. You can also pick and choose destinations and experiences to create your own one-of-a-kind itinerary. Click here to download the complete “Nothing But Original” Itineraries publication, or pick the itinerary that interests you the most from the following and download just that one: Louisville Originals,  Louisville Gourmet, Fall Foliage, Factory, Ladies Only,Cultural/Heritage and the Bourbon Trail. You may also request a copy of “Nothing But Original” Itineraries for yourself.
You may also find the links below helpful when planning a trip to Louisville:
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