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5 Facts About Kentucky's Capital: How Well Do You Know Frankfort?

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Capitol building in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Alexey Stiop/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 03:38 PM

Frankfort is identifiable by many Americans as the capital of Kentucky, but what are some other interesting facts about Frankfort? Improve your knowledge about the Bluegrass State’s capital, located between Kentucky’s two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington, with these five pieces of trivia.

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The popular phrase ‘dog is man’s best friend’ was coined by George Graham Vest, a Frankfort native, lawyer and United States Senator. The phrase was spoken during his closing arguments in a trail in which damages were sought for killing a dog. Vest stated, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”

Frankfort is known for having a pair of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in America. The third state capitol building, completed in 1830, is now open for tours so visitors can see its unique self-supporting staircase, the only one like it in the world. The fourth and current capitol building, completed in 1910, features a 190-foot high dome and was built with marble and granite from all over the world. Behind the building is a garden with a unique floral clock in a large pond.

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Frankfort is home to the Kentucky First Lady Doll collection. The collection showcases many of the inaugural gowns worn by first ladies and serves as a timeline of 200+ years of fashion. The doll display is located in the capitol building.

Those planning a genealogical trip are advised to make the Frankfort area their hub thanks to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Kentucky History Center, and the Kentucky Genealogical Society.

Frankfort is home to the Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark with the distinction of being the first to ever ship bourbon down the Mississippi River. It’s also a worldwide winner of more than 40 awards for its whiskey. Hour-long tours are offered of the distillery throughout the year at various times and days.

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Frankfort is identifiable by many Americans as the capital of Kentucky, but what are some other interesting facts about Frankfort? Improve your knowledge about the Bluegrass State's capital, located between Kentucky's two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington.
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