The Legend of the Blue Horse
A natural, ancient limestone shelf runs under Lexington, acting as a natural filter and nurturing our soil and grasses, helping our horses to be the strongest, fastest, and best in the world. According to local legend, a horse named "Big Lex" turned blue from dining on Lexington's bluegrass and still roams Lexington today. Be on the lookout!
Portrait based on Edward Troye's painting of the famous racehorse, Lexington.
In 1775, William McConnell a frontiersman, named his campsite "Lexington" after the colonists' victory at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Today, that site is known as McConnell Springs, a 26-acre natural park with more than 130 species of plants, 120 species of birds, and other urban wildlife, and features an educational center.
Visitors to McConnell Springs can explore the Farm Site, visit the 250-year old Burr Oak, and stop by two springs, the Blue Hole and the Boils, that feed into the Final Sink, an underground waterway that eventually reaches Elkhorn Creek.
How Big is Lexington?
There are 308,428 residents of Lexington-Fayette County according to the 2013 Census. If you include the seven surrounding counties, Lexington's region has 624,673 residents. This translates into a regional workforce of nearly 314,00 people!
In terms of area, Lexington-Fayette County is 286 sq. miles, with the region covering a total of 2,139 sq. miles.
What is the difference between Lexington and Fayette County?
Lexington and Fayette County are the same entity. In 1974, they merged to become the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG). So when you say Lexington you are also referring to Fayette County and vice-versa. This also means that Lexington is a unified tax district and any data available at the county level also applies to the city.
Where exactly is Lexington?
Lexington is at the crossroads of Interstates 75 and 64, about one hour south of Cincinnati, OH and one hour east of Louisville, KY. In fact, Lexington's central location is incredibly advantageous as it is within 600 miles of 50% of the US population.
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