Welcome to Greater Louisville! One of the nations 16 largest cities, Louisville Kentucky houses over 90 attractions, 17,000 hotel rooms, and 2,500 restaurants and the world famous Kentucky Derby! Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville arts community has earned International acclaim and one of nine cities in the U.S. with a professional opera, theatre, ballet, orchestra and childrens theater. There are many family-friendly attractions in Louisville too; including Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Belle of Louisville, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and the Louisville Bats.
Named for King Louis XVI of France for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark. Louisville became a major commercial center due to its great location on the Falls of the Ohio, the city became even more prosperous after the war. During World War II, Louisville became the worlds largest producer of synthetic rubber.
A city of firsts, Louisville was the first city in the nation to enforce the secret ballot, greatly reducing voting fraud. It was the first city in Kentucky to utilize zoning and planning to shape and control growth. The first bridge designed specially for motor vehicles to cross the Ohio River was built and the first woman in the United States received her steamboat masters license, Mary Millicent Miller.
Louisville is also the home of several individuals who helped shape our great nation. President Zachary Taylor grew up in Jefferson County and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices were raised here, including Louis D. Brandeis. Second Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald was stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I and frequented the famous Seelbach Hotel bar, read about in The Great Gatsby. Muhammad Ali, possibly the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, was born in Louisville. Now Louisville hosts the Muhammad Ali Center honoring the champion and his ideals.
The University of Louisville has held many names and specialties since April 3, 1798. During the late 1960s U of L added several academic units including the Schools of Education, Justice Administration, Nursing and Public Affairs. The athletic department drew national attention winning two NCAA Division I mens basketball championships in the 80s.
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