The rapids created a barrier to river travel, and settlements grew up at this pausing point.
Louisville has been the site of many important innovations through history.
Watch a race at the famous Churchill Downs racetrack, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, explore the Muhammad Ali Center, tour the Louisville Mega Cavern and more.
Best things to do in Louisville, KY with kids include the Kentucky Science Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Frazier History Museum and the Louisville Zoo.
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Notable residents have included inventor Thomas Edison, U. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, newscaster Diane Sawyer, actors Victor Mature, Ned Beatty and Tom Cruise, actresses Sean Young and Jennifer Lawrence, singer Nicole Scherzinger, the Speed family (including U. Attorney General James Speed and Abraham Lincoln's close friend Joshua Fry Speed), the Bingham family, industrialist/politician James Guthrie, U. Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mc Connell and writers Hunter S. Notable events occurring in the city include the largest installation to date (in 1883) and first large space lighted by Edison's light bulb and the first library in the South open to African Americans.
There was a continuous human presence in the area that became Louisville from at least 1,000 BCE until roughly 1650 CE, and the Beaver Wars which depopulated much of the region.
The museum features an array of world-class exhibits, including the Guinness World Record’s Largest Horseshoe, Resident Thoroughbred and Miniature Horse, and The World’s Greatest Race, all of which have attracted visitors from all over the world to admire.
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