The city of Louisville is home to 1.3 million Louisvillians. With all these people, interesting stuff must be happening here, right? Well you are right. So many things are happening in Louisville. In fact, there are so many events here that the city government could only document the most historic events out of the thousands of things happening. The following are some of the more eventful things that happened in Louisville within the last 100 years or so.
The Ohio River is a major body of water that passes through the city. As the tributary is peppered with rapids left and right, it has proven to be a hindrance for ancient travelers who relied on water transport. Thus, many have settled along the banks and eventually established communities as the centuries passed.
Much of the industry in Louisville back in the 19th century was based on manufacturing watercraft, particularly steamboats. As a result, the population exploded and was partially responsible for making Louisville Kentucky’s first city. Another factor that contributed to the population explosion was the widespread slave trade in the city, with many of the transactions taking place “down the river.”
The Kentucky Derby is America’s most famous horse race, which started as a two-horse contest in Old Louisville’s Oakland Race Course in 1839. After three decades, the Kentucky Derby was formed after significant Louisville, KY news of the popular horse racing activity in that modest racecourse. By the time the Civil War happened in the 1860s, Louisville happened to be one of the strongholds of the federal government, and as such, the city survived the civil war relatively unscathed from attempts on colonization by the Confederates.
The largest baseball bat in the world is in Louisville for a reason. When the National League of Major League Baseball was founded in 1876, the city was one of the founding members, with the Louisville Grays representing the city. The city experienced a surge of events of national significance as the two World Wars came and went. However, the most drastic Louisville news during this period was not war-related. Rather, it was a natural disaster. In 1936 and 1937, the level of water in the Ohio River rose mencingly, and submerged nearby towns, killing 90 people.
This is just a sampling of the interesting and awe-inspiring news Louisville has given America throughout its existence. For enthusiasts of contemporary events in Louisiana, many websites exist that cater to a diverse range of people. Go to louisvilleky.gov/Visitors/Louisville+Facts+and+Firsts.htm for more interesting fact on the River City.
The Historic Story of Louisville, the Gateway to the South