Frankfort

/frangk"feuhrt/, n.
1. a city in and the capital of Kentucky, in the N part. 25,973.
2. a city in central Indiana. 15,168.

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City (pop., 2000: 27,741), capital of Kentucky, U.S. Located on the Kentucky River, it was founded in 1786 and has been the capital since statehood (1792).

Twice during its early history the capitol was burned, and both times the larger cities of Louisville and Lexington tried to become the state capital. Frankfort was retained, however, because of its central location. It is a trading centre for the Bluegrass region, producing tobacco, corn, and Thoroughbred horses, and the site of Kentucky State University (1886).

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      capital (since 1792) of Kentucky, U.S., and seat of Franklin county, located 50 miles (80 km) east of Louisville and 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Lexington. Frankfort was founded in 1786 on the Kentucky River by General James Wilkinson (Wilkinson, James). The name is a corruption of the name Frank's Ford, which was derived from an incident in which Stephen Frank, a frontiersman, was killed (1780) in an Indian skirmish at a local fording place on the river. Twice during Frankfort's early history the capitol building was burned, and at both times the larger cities of Louisville and Lexington attempted to usurp the seat of state government; Frankfort was retained, however, because of its central location. During the American Civil War it was occupied briefly (1862) by Confederate general Braxton Bragg (Bragg, Braxton). The city was flooded in 1937 and suffered widespread damage.

      Frankfort is a trading centre for the Bluegrass region, producing tobacco, corn (maize), and Thoroughbred horses. Its manufactures include automotive parts, bourbon whiskey, candy, furniture, electronic parts, machinery, and apparel. The State Normal School for Colored Persons (1886) eventually became Kentucky State University. The State Capitol (1910) is crowned by a dome 212 feet (65 metres) high. The city's historic buildings include the Old Capitol (1827–30), Liberty Hall (c. 1796), and the Orlando Brown House (1835). The graves of pioneer Daniel Boone (Boone, Daniel) and his wife, Rebecca, are in the Frankfort Cemetery. Newer attractions include the Kentucky History Center (1999) and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where a sundial casts a shadow on the name of each veteran on the date of his death. Inc. city, 1839. Pop. (1990) 25,968; (2000) 27,741.

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