Frankfort, Kentucky

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     Originally a part of Virginia, Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union on June 1, 1792 . Officially, it is the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There are 3 other commonwealths: Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. The term has no particular significance in its meaning and was chosen to emphasize the State is governed by the populace. Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State,” although I did not see any. Capitol

     We visited Frankfort, the Capital of Kentucky. The Capitol Building, appears ordinary on the outside, but the inside was impressive. Inside capital

     The law library had a coffin formed from law books. law library

     The Great Room had infinity mirrors:infinity mirror

     Of note were the murals of Francis Davis Millet born November 3, 1848 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Davis was a classmate of Kentucky’s governor and agreed to design and paint the mural pendentive areas. He drew sketches and then went on a cruise on a luxury liner. The Titanic did not bring him back to Kentucky. 100 years later, EverGreene Architectural Arts was commissioned to paint the murals from his sketches. I could not find the actual artist. titanic

     Jefferson Davis, who was born in Kentucky, had his statute in the building. Look at it, before the do gooders take it down.Jeff Davis

     Tidbit of Information: Kentucky declared itself neutral at the beginning of the Civil War. Nevertheless, delegates from 68 of Kentucky’s 110 counties met, passed an ordinance of secession, and adopted a new state constitution and seal. Though President Davis had some reservation about the circumvention of the elected General Assembly in forming the Confederate government, Kentucky was admitted to the Confederacy on December 10, 1861. Kentucky was represented by the central star on the Confederate battle flag. The government existed primarily on paper, and dissolved following the war.

     We went to Frankfort Cemetery to view the gravesite of Daniel Boone. It was not very impressive (in fact, more than likely, this is not the gravesite of Daniel, who is probably buried in, Marthasville Mo.). This gravesite does overlook the river and Capitol Building.Graveyard

     More impressive was the monument and gravesite for William Justus Goebel, born January 4, 1856 in Albany, Pennsylvania. He moved to Kentucky at age 7. Upon graduating from law school, he got involved with politics. Goebel was a controversial politician, almost bringing the State of Kentucky to civil war. Through, what might have been political corruption, he was elected Governor of Kentucky, and shot shortly thereafter. The day after being shot, the dying Goebel was sworn in as governor. Goebel is the only governor of a U.S. state to have been assassinated while in office. (Food for thought: Is it really an assassination if you are shot before you take office, but die in office?)Goeble

Technical Stuff:

Argillite, Kentucky to Frankford, Kentucky: 139.6 miles

3 hours 12 minutes

9.5 MPG

Diesel: $3.05

7 thoughts on “Frankfort, Kentucky

  1. You sure are getting around. Seems like you are taking the living history tour. I took one the summer of 1968,
    mostly to Civil War battle sites, because I had a nagging suspicion, one day, they would all disappear. I had no way of knowing then what the extreme left would accomplish. Sad to see our history disappear before our very own eyes, all in the name of political correctness run amok. Safe travels! BTW – I read all your posts.

    1. I came across these facts when I was trying to find who commissioned Francis Davis millet murals from sketches that you couldn’t find.

  2. Hope you are around when they fill the Law Library coffin with Halloween candy.
    So what you are saying is that “Goebel is the only governor of a U.S. state to have [died of an assassin’s bullet] while in office.”. All fascinating stuff, especially the horror of disappearing statues.

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