Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France, making Louisville one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Today the city is known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
The birthplace of Muhammad Ali, is also a major centre for the American whiskey industry. Approximately one-third of all bourbon comes from Louisville. In fact, a local Louisville hotel is famous for a secret back room where Al Capone would regularly meet with associates during the Prohibition era.