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Named for King Louie XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. While its initial growth was slow, the advent of the steamboat in the early 1800s sparked booming largest city in Kentucky, a ranking the city still holds today.
Louisville is many things- original, eclectic, historic, dynamic, and energetic. You could spend a lifetime getting to know the city, the people, the neighborhoods, the culture, and the history that make Louisville truly original. With so much to see and do, you may want to brush up on all that Louisville has to offer in advance of your visit. Exploring Louisville online gives you a chance to get to know the city before you arrive.
Follow the links below and expect the unexpected, Louisville is full of surprises!
Facts and Famous People Home to artists and adventurers, actors and statesmen, everyday heroes and international icons, the sons and daughters of Louisville have left their mark on the world.
History Get the inside story on the growth of Louisville’s unique and flourishing culture. From its frontier founding at the time of the American Revolution, to the heyday of Steamboat transport in the early 19th century, through the city’s importance as a Union base during the Civil War, Louisville has always balanced a sense of history with an ability to re-invent itself as the city of originals.
Shop Whether you’re looking for unique souvenirs, funky home furnishings or designer wardrobe additions, you’ll find it in Louisville. Shopping districts abound in Louisville’s distinctive neighborhoods where local shopkeepers and artisans sell their original wares with a pride and craft rarely encountered these days.