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Why Louisville
is Still Awesome!

With our rich heritage as a progressive city with a distinctly southern charm, Louisville has something to offer everyone! From our nationally acclaimed parks system and our sporting history, to our newly minted foodie destination status, you're sure to find something that makes you say Louisville is awesome!

Happy Birthday

The melody used in the song “Happy Birthday to You” was first composed in Louisville and was written by sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. It is the most recognized song in the English language and the Hill family still own the copyright to this day.

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Printing Pioneer

Based in Louisville, the American Printing House for the Blind is the largest printer of Braille material in the world.

Secret Seelbach

The Seelbach Hotel, which F. Scott Fitzgerald references in The Great Gatsby, is also famous for a secret back room where Al Capone would regularly meet with associates during the Prohibition era.

Drinking the Best

Louisville's drinking water was voted “Best Tasting Water in America” by The American Water Works Association (AWWA). Louisville Water Company (LWC) won the national title the summer of 2008 at the national AWWA conference in Atlanta.

Always Innovating

Louisville has a long history of innovating in healthcare. Researchers at the University of Louisville developed the world's first cervical cancer vaccine, marketed as Gardasil. The first hand transplant to achieve prolonged success was also performed in Louisville, directed by a team of Kleinert Kutz hand surgeons.

Hot Brown Heaven

The Brown Hotel is the original home of the Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce -- baked or broiled until the sauce browns.

The Slugger

The replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat weighs 68,000 pounds, is made of steel, stands 120 feet tall and is located at Louisville Slugger Museum.

An Old Belle

The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat in existence. She will be 100 years old in 2014! www.gotolouisville.com

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison lived in Louisville from 1866 - 1877. Thirteen years after leaving Louisville, The Southern Exposition Fair located where the present day Old Louisville neighborhood exists, was the first large space to be lit by one of Edison's greatest inventions, the incandescent light bulb.

Cast Iron Fronts

Louisville's Main Street has the second largest collection of cast-iron storefront facades, only New York City has more (you can find them by sticking magnets to the buildings as you walk along).

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Why Louisville?

With our rich heritage as a progressive city with a distinctly southern charm, Louisville has something to offer everyone! From our nationally acclaimed parks system and our sporting history, to our newly minted foodie destination status, you're sure to find something that makes you say Louisville is awesome!

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