Frankfort, city (2020 pop. 28,602), state capital and seat of Franklin co., N central Ky., on both sides of the Kentucky River, in the heart of the bluegrass country; inc. 1796. It is the trade and shipping center for an area yielding tobacco, livestock, and limestone. Among its manufacturers are wire, wood, and plastic products; automotive parts; apparel; liquor; asphalt; and thermostats. Thoroughbred horses are also raised there. Daniel Boone reached the site in 1770. The city was organized (1786) by the Virginia legislature and was selected as the state capital in 1792. Many old homes and buildings have been preserved. Of interest are the capitol (1909–10), with a giant floral clock in its plaza; the old state house (1827–30), which houses the state historical society; Liberty Hall (1796); and the old cemetery with the graves of Rebecca and Daniel Boone. Kentucky State Univ. is there.

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