Frankfort City Guide
Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky and the seat of Franklin County. The tranquil Kentucky River winds through the middle of Frankfort, and the city itself is almost concealed by the lush, green trees that grow on either side of the bank. Frankfort's economy derives from a variety of sources, from tobacco and corn to food processing and tourism. However, Frankfort is perhaps best known for its fine Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Ancient Age, Blanton's, Buffalo Trace, and George T. Stagg are all distilled in Frankfort.
Frankfort began as a 260-acre tract of land on the north side of the Kentucky River, purchased by James Wilkinson in 1786. According to local legend, the town got its name from a pioneer named Stephen Frank, who was killed by Native Americans at a ford in the river. The area came to be known as "Frank's Ford," which was later shortened to Frankfort. In 1792, just before Kentucky was admitted into the Union, Wilkinson sold his Frankfort property to Andrew Holmes. When the new legislature appointed a commission to choose a site for the state capital, several communities vied for the honor. In the end, it was Holmes' offer of his own log cabin, several town lots, some building supplies, and $3,000 in gold that sealed the deal. Frankfort became the state capital in December of 1792.