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Hats off to Railroads

Fancy hats, horses and mint juleps are usually the first things that come to mind when thinking about Kentucky. But what about railroads? Without them, the Kentucky Derby’s most iconic beverage might not have existed. Railroads played an indispensable role in the beginnings of the bourbon industry. Kentucky distilleries depended on trains to bring in raw materials – mainly corn – in and ship the finished product to market. Today, railroads continue to play an important role in the Kentucky economy moving two of the state’s largest exports – coal and automobiles.