Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Bowling Green is the fourth-most populous city in the state of Kentucky after Louisville, Lexington, and Owensboro, although Bowling Green is poised to surpass Owensboro when the 2010 census is calculated. The population was estimated to be 56,598 in 2009. It is the county seat of Warren County[1] and the principal city of the Bowling Green, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area with an estimated 2009 population of 120,595.[2] Bowling Green was founded in 1798 after Robert and George Moore donated an additional 30 acres (120,000 m2) to 40 acres (160,000 m2) to the Warren County trustees. The land surrounded the 2-acre (8,100 m2) plot they had donated for the construction of public buildings. Bowling Green was the provisional capital of the Confederate government of Kentucky. In 2003, Bowling Green and its surrounding communities were designated as a "metropolitan area".

General Motors has an assembly plant in Bowling Green in which all Chevrolet Corvettes have been constructed since 1981 and Cadillac XLRs were being built there until production ended in the spring of 2009.[3] Other significant businesses in Bowling Green include Fruit of the Loom, Houchens Industries, Holley Performance Products, and Camping World. The second largest Kentucky public university, Western Kentucky University, is situated upon a hill in central Bowling Green. Its athletic teams are called Hilltoppers.


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