By Steve Beshear
and Daniel Mongiardo
Pioneers once flocked to Kentucky, drawn by the natural riches of the place they called the Promised Land, the Garden of Eden, Elysium, or simply, Paradise.
By foot, wagon, canoe and flatboat they came, first a trickle and then a torrent, seeking land, a new beginning, and adventure.
People still descend upon the Bluegrass, as tourists if not settlers. They come to experience our cultural institutions, our sporting events, our historic sites and yearly festivals.