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Kentucky is a land of extremes. Consider its bluegrass plains and the Appalachian mountains; southern style mansions against the backdrop of post-industrial Appalachia; and the inherently aristocratic Kentucky Derby held each year in Louisville, contrasted with the state's long coal mining and labor rights history. Both ends of these extremes contribute equally to Kentucky's economic activity; much of the country's coal mining still takes place in the Appalachia hills, while old plantation sites form a backbone for the state's tobacco manufacturing, one of its largest and most important industries.

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Then there is Kentucky's reputation as the home of bourbon whiskey. First produced in Bourbon County and then named after it, this infamous corn liquor is one of the state's biggest exports, perhaps so because, ironically, 77 of Kentucky's 120 counties are "dry"; there's a strong Protestant tradition here, too, just another example of Kentucky's extremes existing side by side. Its cities, Lexington and Louisville, carry on the metaphor. Lexington supports a variety of industrial interests from electronics to paper production; while Louisville, ever the genteel sister, has become the state's leading cultural center, and hosts its only professional opera company. See? There's just no end to the surprises here.

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