Time flies when you’re having fun! For a quick glance back at this great day 223 years ago, we’ve turned to James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter’s wonderful A Concise History of Kentucky for a peek back in time.
On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the ﬁfteenth state in the new United States and the ﬁrst state west of the mountains. The people chose as their ﬁrst governor a man named Isaac Shelby. Of medium height and only a fair speaker, the forty-one-year-old Shelby was originally from Maryland; he had been a war hero and moved to Lincoln County, Kentucky, at the end of the conﬂict. He started out from Danville that June day, with horsemen around him, and headed for the temporary capital at Lexington. When he arrived, people ﬁred riﬂes and cannon in the air to honor him. Then he took the oath of office as governor. Three days later, legislators met in a two-story log cabin. One of the first orders of business was to decide where the permanent capital would be located. Groups of people from various towns vied for that honor, but Frankfort made the best offer. It promised land in town to build on, money for construction, and building materials—glass, nails, locks, stone, and timber. The new state had a new capital and now faced a new future.
We’re not firing any rifles or cannons but we’re still pretty excited about what the commonwealth will do next!