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Kentucky’s Mount Rushmore: Who Ya Got?

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Last night, during the premiere of the “Pat XO” documentary on ESPN as part of their Nine for IX series, author blogger radio host SEC fan Fox Sports columnist human Clay Travis tweeted out what he thought was the “Mount Rushmore” of Tennessee:

I admittedly do not know nor care enough about the state to our south to argue with Travis’ list. It did, however, pique my interest into attempting to choose the “Mount Rushmore” for our great state of Kentucky. For starters, Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky and our 16th president, is not eligible because his face already adorns the original Mount Rushmore. Second, the person necessarily doesn’t have to be born in Kentucky to make the list; their accomplishments and legacy could be tied to Kentucky or their fame has brought attention to the state because it is where they are from (like Lincoln). I know that everyone is going to be in 100% agreement with my list and the comments will be nothing but praise for my ingenuity so let’s dive on in.

 

Adolph Rupp

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Any KY Rushmore isn’t complete without the great Adolph Rupp and since this is a blog about Kentucky sports, there is no one better to start than with the Baron of the Bluegrass. Rupp was originally born in Kansas, where he learned the game of basketball from legendary coach Phog Allen and some commoner named James Naismith (who happened to invent the sport) before taking his talents to the coaching ranks himself. Rupp  made the jump from high school basketball to the University of Kentucky in 1930, where he proceeded to stay for 41 years, winning 876 games and 4 NCAA National Championships. Rupp was forced into retirement at the age of 70 and later passed away in 1977. As college basketball has progressed and its history grown much deeper, there are many mixed emotions about Adolph Rupp and his legacy in the sport, but without Adolp Rupp there simply wouldn’t be Kentucky Basketball.

 

Colonel Sanders

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The King of KFC is up next on KY Rushmore. The Colonel, born in Indiana, enlisted in the Army and eventually ended up in Laurel County (shout out to 606) where he began to sell fried chicken. He developed his secret recipe during this time and eventually franchised the “Kentucky Fried Chicken” chain, and the rest is history. Sanders lived his elder years in Canada overseeing the Canadian branch of KFC (we won’t hold it against him), but returned to Kentucky before his death in 1980. Without the Colonel, my hometown of London wouldn’t be able to hold the annual WORLD FAMOUS Chicken Festival, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy those delicious fried chicken dinners and artery-clogging sides with your grandparents every Sunday after church and Louisville wouldn’t be able to sell KFC Yum! the naming rights to an arena they are attempting to bankrupt in record time. Win-win-win (Michael Scott voice).

 

Henry Clay

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KY Rushmore’s next occupant is The Great Compromiser Henry Clay. Clay was a lawyer who practiced in Lexington before ultimately being elected to the state’s General Assembly, later appointed as Senator in the United States Congress, eventually chosen as the Speaker of the House and lastly appointed the U.S. Secretary of State. He founded the Whig Party, brokered the vastly important Missouri Compromise, was admired by Abraham Lincoln and once shot a man during a duel in Kentucky while a state legislator. Talk about a boring life. Clay attempted to win the presidency three times and was ohsoclose, but it never came to be. His estate, known as Ashland, is a historical landmark in Lexington and is open to the public. If you are a Kentucky politics nerd like myself, or even politics in general, then you know that there are few men who have served their country as well as Henry Clay.

 

Evan Williams

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This one might be a Wild Card for most of you. Who, you ask? No, not the founder of Twitter. This Evan Williams came to Kentucky as it was being settled and became the first commercial distiller of bourbon. The “corn liquor” as it was called back then became a staple of Kentucky’s culture from that day forward. Presently, 95% of the world’s bourbon is created in the state of Kentucky, where 4.9 million barrels are aging in the Bluegrass, a number that exceeds our own population. Because of Evan Williams, we have the Bourbon Festival, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and an endless supply of the world’s finest whiskey. Let’s all remember Mr. Williams the next time we raise our glasses.

 

There are countless others that could easily be included on this list (Muhammad Ali, George Clooney, Darrell Waltrip, Hunter S. Thompson, etc.) but I attempted to choose someone from different backgrounds so as not to overlap in areas like sports, entertainment or politics. That’s my list and I’m sticking to it. Now, what say you? Who do you think ultimately deserves to grace KY Rushmore?

 

@TylerJohnsonKSR 

 

 

Article written by Tyler Johnson

137 Comments for Kentucky’s Mount Rushmore: Who Ya Got?



  1. Mal
    9:34 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    If you don’t put Ali on it then this is a waste of time.



  2. Micah
    9:36 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I got Rupp, Mary Todd Lincoln’s crazy ass, Ashley Judd, and Jared Carter



  3. bladepope
    9:36 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Lee Majors, Elijah Craig, Pee Wee Reese, chuck wolery, Hunter S Thompson



  4. Coop and Pum
    9:37 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Eddie Montgomery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ashley Judd and J D Shelburne!!!!



  5. Micah
    9:41 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Richie Farmer, Michael Shannon, Eloy Vargas, and Karen Sypher



  6. Korean Tacos
    9:42 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    UH…DANIEL BOONE. I mean he only “discovered” discovered the state



  7. BackdoorSlider.com
    9:44 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Cassius Clay
    Henry Clay
    Adolph Rupp
    Loretta Lynn



  8. jdh
    9:44 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Outstanding. Evan Williams is THE reason for bourbon.



  9. Boone
    9:45 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Boone would have to be included. The man discovered the route into Kentucky, lost his children to the native inhabitants, and was taken prisoner for two years. Daniel Boone and Kentucky are synonymous.



  10. jeyhey
    9:46 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Although associated with Memphis, Tenn. quite a bit…Elvis isn’t from Tenn….sorry,clay.



  11. Biotches!
    9:47 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Marshall Henderson suspended indefinitely …



  12. BN
    9:49 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know about Kentucky, but Indiana’s is pretty easy:

    The Truth, Larry Bird, a Penis with a Wig (in honor of Tom Crean and Bobby Knight), and then a gaping hole in the mountain instead of a fourth face to signify the black hole that has been IU sports for the last 20 years.



  13. Micah
    9:49 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    My real 4 would be Rupp, Clay, Boone, and Lincoln



  14. Mr. Obvious
    9:49 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Muhammed Ali



  15. Loyal Reader
    9:49 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones …… Drew Franklin ….. Tyler Thompson …. duh!



  16. Roman
    9:50 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Has to be Ali, Clay, Rupp, and ABE LINCOLN



  17. Free Speech
    9:52 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Larry Flynt



  18. bob wiley
    9:55 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Adolph Rupp, Happy Chandler, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay, Cassius Clay



  19. b
    9:56 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta consider Ali, Lincoln, Whitney Young, Jefferson Davis, Diane Sawyer, Danielle Boone, Jim Bowie and probably some others that would go ahead of some of those listed.



  20. Randolph Feathers
    9:57 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Jim Varney, Papa John, Mordecai Ham, and Casey Jones.



  21. Youknowme
    9:58 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Alben W Barkley was a VP of the United States…hard to skip him isn’t it



  22. E
    9:58 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    D Boone, Colonel Sanders, Loretta Lynn, Ali



  23. James
    9:59 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp, Ali, Hunter S. Thompson, Henry Clay



  24. TylerJohnsonKSR
    10:00 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I left out Lincoln on purpose and added/removed Daniel Boone 3 or 4 times. Happy Chandler is another great choice that I left off. Once you start digging into it you realize there are so many kentuckians who could easily be included.



  25. Teachable Mo'
    10:01 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lincoln, Cassius Clay, Louis Brandeis, and Robert Penn Warren

    If you want a more frivolous one: Hunter Thompson, Muhammed Ali, Fate Marable, and Irene Dunne



  26. runfatboyrun
    10:02 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Cawood Leford, Ali, Evan Williams, Colonel Sanders.



  27. fb>bb
    10:02 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Since you can only have 4, it’s undeniably Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Colonel Sanders and Muhammad Ali.



  28. ukfan
    10:05 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    john wall, coach cal, mkg, davis



  29. Axe Cop
    10:05 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Muhammed freaking Ali needs to be up there. Can’t believe you left him off.



  30. Fugitive
    10:11 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    What about a little Robert Penn Warren or Allen Tate?



  31. jpgott2
    10:13 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Muhammed Ali, Henry Clay, Colonel Sanders, Rupp, and Daniel Boone.

    Too many to list. I mean Hunter S. Thompson, John Audubon (began his work in Kentucky), Paul Hornung, Pee-wee Reese, Johnny Unitas, etc.



  32. Cats,Cats,Cats
    10:13 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    How in the world could you even question including Daniel Boone?? Other than maybe Lincoln, he should be at the very top of the list.



  33. jpgott2
    10:15 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Opps I did not count Rupp in my original lineup so I accidentally put 5.

    Ali, Daniel Boone, Colonel Sanders, and Henry Clay.



  34. Fugitive
    10:16 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Also, Elizabeth Hardwick.



  35. drunk billie g
    10:17 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hunter Thompson, Adolph Rupp, Muhammad Ali, and Daniel Boone



  36. Busterqbundy
    10:18 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp, Boone, Henry Clay, and The Turtleman!



  37. JackB
    10:20 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lincoln Henry Clay Boone and Rupp
    The last one is between Ali and Rupp.
    Lets face it no one cares about boxing anymore. It is and always was corrupt. UK basketball still lives strong. Besides one Clay is enough.



  38. Teachable Mo'
    10:21 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Boone wasn’t born in Kentucky, lived most of his life elsewhere, and moved on to Missouri after his land speculations here failed. Good PR.



  39. JackB
    10:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Others on short list: Robert Penn Warren Bill Monroe and Colonel Sanders. Maybe even Evan Williams.



  40. JackB
    10:23 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Of course Lincoln is claimed by Illinois too. And they didn’t even elect him. The nerve.



  41. Fugitive
    10:26 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    No one has said Wendell Berry yet?



  42. plooop
    10:27 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lots have mentioned Hunter S. Thompson. Wendell Berry and James Baker Hall…James Lane Allen. KY has some literature heroes. Not many musicians mentioned but I think Lynn could be up there. Bill Monroe too. Also, John Jacob Niles. Lots of old fogies…but KY has some young and exciting music in Lex and Lou especially.



  43. bluegrassrebel
    10:27 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp,col.Sanders, Boone and Secretariat



  44. FurdTurgason
    10:28 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    My mom, my dad, my sister and me.



  45. sean
    10:29 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    cassius clay (didnt know there was two of them, one less shakier than the other), daniel boon, colonel sanders, johnny freakin depp
    honorable mention- NAPPY ROOTS



  46. sean
    10:30 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Johnny depp is considered one of the top actors of all time



  47. downsouth
    10:30 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Jefferson Davis, Rupp, ABe, and Sanders



  48. downsouth
    10:31 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Boone and Cassius Clay, too



  49. Penny Chennery
    10:34 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Secretariart



  50. Me.
    10:34 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    me, me, me, and me.



  51. jpgott2
    10:37 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    47., like the Jeff Davis mention. The only Pres of the Confed states!



  52. The Dude
    10:37 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Old school: Kit Carson, Henry Clay, Engineer Casey Jones and Zachary Taylor.



  53. Rockfield, KY
    10:37 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say it would have to be people that identified with Kentucky, not just born here or associated with it.

    Henry Clay, Adolph Rupp, Colonel Sanders, Bill Monroe



  54. The Truth
    10:40 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Other than Lincoln, Larry Flynt did more for this country than anyone else mentioned so far.



  55. Roman
    10:46 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Why anyone would want to put Jefferson Davis on there is beyond me.

    I’ve revised mine: Ali, Clay, Boone, Williams

    While Rupp is probably the sports figure most identifiable with KY, Ali is the most important one.



  56. BigBoy
    10:49 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    55- that’s exactly how I’d have it. That’s the most reasonable group with Lincoln and Rupp honorable mentions. I’d be proud of that monument



  57. Linda Taylor
    10:51 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Point of information: Though Secretariat was conceived in KY he was actually foaled in Virginia. He did spend his entire career at stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, KY though and is buried there.



  58. J money
    10:54 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Muhammad Ali was a draft dodger…amazing fighter but I wouldn’t want him representing KY. Henry Clay may have been the most important politician if the 19th Century. If it weren’t for him the Civil War would have began many years earlier and the South, in pre-Industrial America, would have had a much better chance of winning. Next would be Ephraim McDowell, who was the first doctor to remove a tumor. The last two would be Daniel Boone (obvious reasons) and Wendell Berry, one of the greatest literary writers living!



  59. Justified
    10:54 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hello???? Raylan Givens….Boyd Crowder…..Mags Bennett…..and Larry Flynt….



  60. Evil Shmatz
    10:56 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Man O War



  61. bdown
    10:56 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Love this list!! Hits all of Kentucky’s most significant contributions. No changes here.



  62. Jay Dub
    10:56 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    How about Elijah Craig? The INVENTOR of Bourbon should be listed before any distiller. What about DW Griffith, the pioneer of film making?



  63. John Calamari
    11:00 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Stephen Foster anyone?



  64. bluetooth
    11:01 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    tom cruise , lance burton , big six Hendrickson ,



  65. Kenton Hale
    11:03 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Muhammad Ali, Colonel Sanders, Daniel Boone, Jim Beam



  66. L1C4 is LAME
    11:05 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ali is a traitor. Wouldnt serve his country and threw his gold metal n the ohio river. He doesnt deserve 2 b on this list!



  67. Ky
    11:14 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Dont know how you can make a list like this ad leave of DANIEL BOONE..you didn’t even mention him in your honorable mention..are you even from Kentucky?



  68. JTM
    11:16 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I vote for Zachary Taylor. He was the 12 President of the United States. His house still stands in Louisville, but it’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood and is owned by a private citizen. But you can take pictures of it from the street. And he is also buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville. Wikipedia his history and visit his his house and burial site in Louisville. I was fascinated by it.



  69. No no
    11:21 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody but rupp I understand he made ky basketball but was racist that’s y we get the rep we do js



  70. Linda Taylor
    11:26 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    69 – That has been debunked.



  71. trav
    11:37 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Keightley, Daniel Boone, Ali, Turtleman
    Easily best list.



  72. Coop and Pummer
    11:39 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Jerrit Milbys Weiner!



  73. JTM
    11:46 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 67, check out BooneCreekOutdoors.com. I agree. Daniel Boone is cool and one of my favorite Kentucky legends. BooneCreekOutdoors.com is promoting a very beautiful spot in Kentucky that is worth promoting!!



  74. ChinaCats
    12:00 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jennifer Lawrence, Zachary Taylor, and I cannot believe you left Muhammad Ali off your list!



  75. Women Everywhere
    12:04 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Monroe, Daniel Boone, Colonel Sanders and Darius Miller



  76. Calitucky
    12:30 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    WELL DONE. WELL DONE. Having an EW and A81 as I read this. If I only had a bucket of chicken . . .



  77. Jimmy facts
    12:32 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    69 – u mean the guy who integrated the SEC? Is that the Rupp you are referring to as the racist? And Zachary Taylor should make the list. Who said our Rushmore should only have 4? #kentuckyeffect



  78. They Feet
    12:33 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    1. Charles Manson 2. Richie Farmer 3. Lynndie England 4. Karen Sypher



  79. chief_cat
    12:43 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Since you said Lincoln should be left off the list since he is on the original Rushmore, I will go with:
    Boone, Henry Clay, Sanders, Ali



  80. JC
    12:52 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Henry Earl, Karen Sypher, Richie Farmer’s pawn shop owner, Brian McCarty (who worked hard to put UK on probation under Mumme), and the most reluctant miserable Kentuckian in history, Jo Anne Pitino. Perhaps Jodie Duramo, Rick Pitino’s buddy who has 11 or 12 illegitimate children and wing-man.



  81. mmm
    12:53 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Dear 77, who promoted National League Baseball higher? It was Kentucky’s own son Happy Chandler! EOM…Study…



  82. BleedBlue32
    1:06 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Boone
    Zachary Taylor
    Henry Clay
    Muhammad Ali

    I don’t think there’s really a question, honestly.



  83. VinnyCent
    1:46 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    For those who think Ali shouldnt be up there, because he was a draft dodger need to do some research about his faith in Islam and Civil Rights prior to Vietnam.



  84. We'reGonnaNeedaBiggerMountain
    2:04 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Adolph Rupp,
    Muhammad Ali,
    Secretariat,
    Henry Clay

    also, Daniel Boone, Elijah Craig/Evan Williams, Colonel Harland Sanders, Bill Keightley, Man O’ War, Happy Chandler, Cawood Ledford, Diane Sawyer, Alben Barkley, et. al



  85. Cardfan
    5:42 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Can we put Peyton Siva up there 4 times?



  86. Dee
    6:32 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    SECRETARIAT!!!!
    ALI
    RUPP
    Henry CLAY

    Honorable Mention: Col. Sanders,Daniel Boone,Happy Chandler, Hunter S. Thompson, John Lair,Ashley Judd, Pat Riley, Jim Bunning, and Kige Ramsey (Because I can)



  87. Elkattio
    7:02 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Carl Perkins, Adolph Rupp, Henry Clay, Daniel Boone



  88. buzzard
    7:19 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    we need a bigger mountain…would pick Bill Monroe before Col. Sanders, would include Loretta Lynn before Rupp.



  89. Greg
    7:28 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp, Jefferson Davis, Happy Chandler, Henry Clay and colonel Sanders



  90. Everyone in Kentucky
    7:33 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wouldn’t put a draft-dodging Muslim up there. He already has his own museum in Louisville and doesn’t even deserve that. Let him keep doing the jitterbug.



  91. The Water Boy
    7:45 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jefferson Davis, Happy Chandler, Abe Lincoln, Mohammad Ali

    Other Notables: Colonel Sanders, Henry Clay, Daniel Boone, James Bowie, Peeta and Katniss, Rick and Carl Grimes, William T Young, and Hunter S. Thompson.



  92. Roofus Howls
    7:48 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Richie had to go and get indicted otherwise…

    Happy Chandler
    Abe Lincoln, vampire hunter
    Adolph Rupp
    A Corvette



  93. Bourbon
    8:06 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Bourbon has to be made in KY. its like champagne has to be made in France, or else it is simply sparkling white wine. Its one of the rules that makes it bourbon. Any “bourbon” made outside of Kentucky is merely bourbon-style whiskey. true bourbon is only from Kentucky. Read a book.



  94. Meh
    8:13 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Karen Sypher, Christopher 2X, Tom Cruise, and Mel Ignato



  95. Catlanta
    8:32 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    For all those saying Daniel Boone…..its a shame no one knows who Simon Kenton is, the real first explorer/discoverer/settler/patriarch of Kentucky…. well him and the native Americans.



  96. jedi04
    8:41 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Man, if only Abe Lincoln had won 4 championships at UK instead of ending slavery and waging war to hold together the United States of America he would have made this list. Idiotic post.



  97. asdf
    8:44 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    96, True, especially considering that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment indirectly contributed to Championships 5-8.



  98. Boone
    8:48 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Catlanta, you need to get your facts straight. Daniel Boone first entered Kentucky in 1767. Simon Kenton didn’t come to the state until 1771 when he was 16 years-old, and only then because he was fleeing after he thought he killed man in a fight over a girl. Daniel Boone’s grandson was the first white man born in the state of Kentucky. Basically, Simon Kenton is to Daniel Boone what UofL is to UK.



  99. Statue would be better
    9:16 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    “Statue of West Liberty” – Daniel Boone’s moccasins, Secretariat’s legs in Ali’s boxing trunks, Ashley Judd’s torso in a cutoff (UK) t-shirt, Cruise/Clooney’s face, Billy Ray Cyrus’s/Loretta Lynn’s mullett, wearing a Lincoln stove pipe hat. One arm in a confederate army sleeve, one in a union uniform. Lifting a bottle of Elijah Craig and holding a bucket of KFC with a mandolin around the neck. You’re welcome.



  100. come on
    9:36 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Dr. Thomas Walker, John Logan, Issiac Shelby, William and George Rogers Clark. Similar type personalities and lives to Daniel Boone, courage, loss, persureverance.



  101. DT in DC
    9:39 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    As a former intern who gave the Capitol tour on several hot July days back in the day, I can add this about the great Henry Clay. He was elected Speaker of the House on his very first day in office. Something never done before or since. He is also the person most enshrined in the Capitol building. If he had been elected President, he probably would have gone down as one of the greatest political leaders of all time, IMHO.



  102. NativeAmerican
    9:45 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Feeling left out as usual.



  103. LIES!!
    9:46 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    #93 – incorrect. While KY produces the vast majority of bourbon, it doesn’t have to be from KY to be labeled a bourbon. you should “read a book” yourself…



  104. Hoptown
    9:48 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Bird Averitt
    Terry Hayes
    Roy Wollum
    Darryl Halmark



  105. Megan
    10:01 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Could we not place Ali next to Colonel Sanders? Just sayin’. And it seems Rupp should be placed between Lincoln and Ali. Supporters and detractors both can argue how that is appropriate.

    But Kentucky taking credit for Lincoln is like North Carolina taking credit for the Wright Bros. or the Atlantic Ocean taking credit for Lindberg. Transitory associations at best.



  106. BNClay
    10:09 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    99 that was epic. Add in 8 championship rings on the fingers and you have got the greatest sculpture of all time. lol



  107. Joker
    10:14 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Any talk about Kentucky Rushmore must start with Chris from Richmond



  108. MustangCat
    10:22 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    No way you seriously left Daniel Boone off this list?!?!?!



  109. Musehobo
    10:32 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Boone, Dwight Yoakam, Muhammad Ali, and Adolph Rupp.



  110. TNO
    10:38 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    105. Megan. Very faulty logic. Illinois taking credit for Lincoln is like NC taking credit for the Wright brothers.



  111. TNO
    10:41 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    If we are going to include a frontiersman, Simon Kenton should be ahead of Boone.



  112. steve
    10:59 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    DANIEL BOONE DUDE……



  113. blueworldorder
    11:05 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Col Sanders was a child molester, leave him off!



  114. NOWIS
    11:10 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Gatewood Galbraith



  115. Bob
    11:18 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Most foreign countries only know us through KFC, so Col Sanders for sure.



  116. Western DooDadler
    11:19 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Good Post And Great Comments!

    Let’s here a Western Kentucky List:

    Alben Barkley, Chief Paduke (who may not be real), Ed Diddle, and the Paxton Family
    Honorable Mention: Molly Sims

    1st Side Note: My favorite Larry Flynt quote “I come from a Kentucky County so poor, the main source of work was Jury Duty.”

    2nd Note: Jefferson Davis’s resting place can be found on Highway 68 between Bowling Green and Hopkinsville in pretty much the middle of nowhere. You can’t miss it though. It is marked with marble replica of the Washington Monument- but about 1/4 of the size.



  117. Lcat
    11:35 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jim Bowie should be on the list-hero of the Alamo



  118. Lcat
    11:40 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    George Clooney;Johnny Depp;Charles Manson;Edgar Cayce



  119. G
    12:12 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    No on Rupp.



  120. Everyone In Kentucky
    12:14 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Naw Dawg. A statue of colonel Sanders being served by Ali in chains.



  121. Ky fan
    12:18 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    No clooney, he is another Hollywood liberal who made disparaging remarks about charting Heston and never apologized. No to Ali either. He is just a draft dodging Muslim. Definitely Lincoln, Henry clay, Zachary Taylor and Ronald Reagan . I know Reagan isn’t from kentucky, but he deserves on somebody’s mt Rushmore and it might as well be ours!



  122. CLIFTYMAN
    12:34 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music… Who was the creator of a new, original American genre of music… Probably helped create rock and roll since Elvis said he was a huge influence too!



  123. Tsmithpage
    12:37 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jefferson Davis much bigger traitor to this country than Ali. Just sayin…



  124. Mojoholic
    12:44 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jim James/Yim Yames
    Col. J. D. Wilkes
    Gatewood Galbraith
    H.S.T. with cigarette holder



  125. Wildcatsteeler
    12:56 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Richie Farmer and Billy Ray Cyrus. But the heads would be on an ant hill and would have to be hollowed out.



  126. KevinM
    12:58 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp
    Mr. Wildcat, inventor of cereal and bourbon
    Caywood Ledford
    Spot reserved for Cal…..after he wins NC #12!



  127. asdf
    1:21 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    122, Yes, Elvis’ first record was a cover of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky”.



  128. asdf
    1:23 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Alex Groza
    Wah Wah Jones
    Ralph Beard
    Cliff Barker
    Kenny Rollins

    Squeeze on five cuz they’re the Fabulous Five.



  129. David
    1:29 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Boone… duhhh



  130. maleko
    1:57 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    What about the Ned Beatty, he was in one of the most talked about scene’s in movie history.



  131. TNO
    2:12 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    The ignorance displayed here is astounding. Ronald Reagan? WTF?



  132. Ky fan
    2:41 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 131, shut your pie hole.



  133. Me
    2:55 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Turtle Man, D Miller, Rex, J Shepperd



  134. UKBlue1!
    3:25 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Famous people Bill Monroe, Col Sanders, Loretta Lynn and Ashley Judd. Athletes Ali, Horning, Bunning and Pee Wee Reese. Politicans Davis, Lincoln, Clay and Barkley.



  135. mimmiu
    3:46 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    u would pick a draft dodger as one of ky mountrushmore, NOWAY



  136. trav
    3:56 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    STONECOLD WILLOW!!!!



  137. Delk for 3
    4:00 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s be real. Our state is all hoops baby. It would be five heads, and it would be Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, John Calipari, and Denny Crum. I would rather there not be Louisville coaches involved, but I have tremendous respect for what Denny Crum did in building that program.