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Facts about Louisville

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  • 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky
  • Louisville’s Waterfront Park is comprised of 85 acres
  • 90% of the United States’ disco balls are produced in Louisville each year
  • The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat in existence- She will be 100 years old in 2014!thunder
  • There are 2,500 restaurants in Louisville
  • 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
  • 60 tons of firework shells used each year at Thunder Over Louisville, North America’s largest annual pyrotechnics show
  • There are 554 roses used in the garland of roses presented to the winner of the Kentucky Derby
  • 100,000 Mint Juleps are poured during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
  • Population of Louisville metropolitan statistical area in 2000 was 1,025,598
  • There are 1,300 animals at the 134-acre Louisville Zoo
  • There are 220 acres of exposed, Devonian age fossil beds (located at the Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • The largest collection of Victorian homes in the United State and the 3rd largest historically preserved district in the United States is located in Old LouisvilleFrazier
  • 17 tons of Kentucky limestone makes up the baseball glove inside the Louisville Slugger Museum
  • 24 feet of “full pipe” was used at the 40,000 square foot Louisville Extreme Park
  • There are 300 pieces from the Royal Armouries in Great Britain on display at the Frazier International History Museum Louisville has the 5th busiest cargo airport in the United States Louisville has the 10th busiest airport in the world
  • There is an average of 100 daily departures from Louisville International Airport
  • There are 386 square miles in the Louisville Metro area Tourism is the State’s second largest private employer
  • Tourism is the third largest service industry in Jefferson County
  • Tourism is the third largest revenue-producing industry in Kentucky
  • Sales tax collected in Kentucky is 6%.
  • There are 12 carriers that the Louisville International Airport offersChurchill Stretch Slugger Museum
  • Hotel occupancy tax collected in Jefferson County is 16.07%
  • 26,000 jobs are supported by the tourism industry in Jefferson County
  • Tourism generates $200 million in state and local taxes annually Economic impact of direct visitor spending in Jefferson County is $1.1 billion Our American Printing House for the Blind is the largest printer of Braille material in the world