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Frankfort

kentucky capital historical capitol

Frankfort (pop. 25,968), capital of Kentucky and seat of Franklin County, located in the bluegrass region on the Kentucky River. The city's main industry is bourbon distilling. It is also a trade center for the surrounding area, which produces grain, tobacco, and thoroughbred racehorses. The state capital building, completed in 1910, was modeled on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Old Capitol (1827–30) now houses the Kentucky Historical Society. Liberty Hall (1796), designed by Thomas Jefferson, and Daniel Boone's grave are of historical interest. Incorporated in 1786 and designated state capital in 1792 when Kentucky was admitted to the Union, the city has a council-manager government.

See also: Kentucky.

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