Hillbilly. Redneck. Poverty. Ignorance. Slow. Backwards.

These are all words I have heard folks use to describe Kentucky, especially Eastern Kentucky, when asked for the first thing that comes to their mind. Kentucky is many things to many people and while the aforementioned terms perhaps cover a small population within the state is it not also true the terms cover citizens across our nation as a whole? Eastern Kentucky, and Kentucky in general, have a special hold over me -it is the place where I was born and bred.  While looked down on by many, the area is not rich in monetary wealth, but it is rich in family, community, and history. 

Humble. Breathtaking. Quaint. Grounded. Strong. Adaptive.

These are the words I use to describe Eastern Kentucky. So many great things have their roots in this humble place. I have highlighted some of these things in an Esri Story Map to both educate and share my love for the region in honor of National Kentucky Day! After viewing I hope you too can love Kentucky like I do.

“I take with me Kentucky, embedded in my brain and heart, in my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is part of me.”

— Jesse Stuart

 

Read more "National Day" Story Maps here