10 Things You Might Not Know About Louisville
1. The City of Louisville was named 236 years ago after King Louis XVI of France.
2. The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, grew up in Louisville and is buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery on Brownsboro Road.
3. Founded in 1798, The University of Louisville is the oldest city-supported college in the United States.
4. Churchill Downs has been home to the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
5. Just south of Louisville is the 6,000 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest which is the nation’s largest urban forest.
6. At almost 100 years old, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat.
7. Kaelin’s Restaurant, formerly located on Newburg Road, created the first cheeseburger in 1934.
8. Louisville’s Main Street has the second largest collection of cast-iron facades, outnumbered only by New York City.
9. Old Louisville is the largest Victorian neighborhood in America.
10. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, laid the groundwork for which Louisville’s nationally-acclaimed parks system is built upon.