Pearsons Funeral Home
Pearsons Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Ln
LouisvilleKY 40207
 (502) 896-0349

History of Louisville, Kentucky You May Not Know About

History of Louisville, Kentucky You May Not Know About

Louisville, Kentucky is commonly known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger baseball bats. However, this city has a lot of unknown interesting history and facts that are waiting to be revealed. Here are a few things you may not know about Louisville, Kentucky.

How Louisville Got Its Name

Do you know how Louisville got its name? It may be a bit hard to believe, but the name was given as a way to pay homage to King Louis XVI of France. He had helped to support American colonists during the revolutionary war, and those colonists wanted to thank him for this. Unfortunately, his own people did not have a positive view of him and ended up being executed during the French Revolution by Frenchmen.

Louisville Played an Important Role in the Underground Railroad

Due to its optimal position to both the north and the south, Louisville was an important hub in the underground railroad. Many people do not realize how many tunnels were in place in Louisville, Kentucky, and how many of those tunnels are still in place throughout the area today. In fact, many older buildings either have hidden storage spaces or rooms that were used as holding spaces.

Do you know how Louisville got its name? It may be a bit hard to believe, but the name was given as a way to pay homage to King Louis XVI of France.

Kentucky is the Only State That Tried to Remain Neutral in the Civil War

During the civil war, every state was either part of the Confederacy or the Union. The one exception to this was the state of Kentucky, which wanted no part of the war and wanted to stay out of it. However, due to its strategic location, Kentucky was dragged into the war. Kentucky is the only state that ended up representing both sides, helping it to remain neutral. Unfortunately though, since the two opposing sides lived in the same community, many of the government buildings in the area, including courthouses, were burned down or destroyed in some way.

The Impact Pearson Funeral Home Had on Louisville

The last interesting fact you should know about Louisville, Kentucky is how our business, Pearson Funeral Home, came to be. In 1848, a young cabinet maker, named Lorenzo Dow Pearson, set up shop next door to what was a brand new cemetery in Louisville, the Cave Hill Cemetery. He was occasionally asked to construct wooden coffins for those buried there. Demand grew and eventually, he started to work as an undertaker and coffin maker. His son, Edward C. Pearson, also grew up and was involved in the business. Pearson held the first embalmer's license issued in Kentucky and designed the original wood paneled hearse. The business only continued to grow from there, with multiple generations of Pearsons working for the company.

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