Known as the Athens of the west Lexington Kentucky is officially the 2nd largest city in Kentucky and 63rd largest in the United States. The area in and around of Lexington is referred to as heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region.
2009 saw the city get an estimated population of around 296,545 people and a metropolitan population of around 470,849 people adding up to a combined general population of 688,707 people.
Lexington Kentucky is known for its long history of political and cultural backgrounds and its up market resident neighbourhood’s although aside from its busy bustling streets it also appreciated for its miles of beautiful country were wild and tame horses are kept this tagging the state with nicknames such as “thoroughbred city”, “horse country” and “horse capital of the world”.
A basic insight to the cities roots is that it began in June 1775 when Kentucky was known as Virginia. It came to be when the campsite of famous frontiers run by William McConnell l was set up in what is known today as McConnell springs. In April 1775 they named the site Lexington after the Lexington Massachusetts.
Today’s climate in Lexington can range from Hot, humid summers to winters which are cool and mild.
One thing Kentucky is famed for is its world renowned race horse tracks and Lexington is home to two of these historic tracks. Full of race horse history and strong traditions Keeneland is appreciated for not changing things much since the tracks opening in 1936. The Red Mile Harness Track is the city’s oldest track and the nation’s second oldest. Here spectators can watch horses pull two-wheeled carts called sulkies; this is known as harness racing. When race horses are retired they are taken to the world famous Kentucky horse park were they are rested and cared for during the rest of their lives.