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Welcome to Curious Louisville, a new series from 89.3 WFPL where we'll answer your questions about our city. Just submit a question in the box below or vote on a question you'd like us to answer. We'll investigate the winning questions and play what we find on air, on this website and via our Curious Louisville podcast. Thanks! Support provided by:
Questions we've answered

Curious Derby: How Many Planes Fly In During Derby Weekend?

Fred Benz and his wife typically leave Derby weekend to avoid the rush of tourists. When they do, Benz notices how packed the tarmac at Louisville International Airport becomes.

Curious Louisville: Was Colonial Gardens The City’s First Zoo?

Listener Tony Wilson has heard Colonial Gardens was the site of our city’s first bowling alley and zoo. WFPL’s Rick Howlett finds out.

Ask Curious Louisville Your Questions About The Kentucky Derby

What have you always wondered about the Kentucky Derby and its related events? WFPL can help you find the answer!

Curious Louisville: What Happened To The Belvedere’s ‘Pan’ Statue?

Listener Donna Finnell wanted to know what happened to the whimsical bronze figure she used to see on her lunch break. The answer got pretty complicated.

Curious Louisville: Which Question Should We Answer Next?

We’ve narrowed it down to these five questions. Now it’s your turn to choose!

Curious Louisville: Why Do We Say ‘Loo-uh-vull’?

Why not ‘Loo-eee-ville’? After all, France never had a King Loo-uh.

Curious Louisville: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Reporters

Ever thought of moonlighting as a newsroom assignment editor? Now’s your chance. Tell us what to do!

Curious Louisville: What Happens To Zoo Animals When They Die?

We know that all dogs go to heaven, but what happens to the Louisville Zoo animals when they die?

Curious Louisville: When’s The Last Time The Ohio River Froze Over?

If you’re a Louisvillian of a certain age, you might remember.

Curious Louisville: How Did We End Up Here?

Why is the city of Louisville located where it is? The answer lies mostly in the river — and the Falls of the Ohio.

Curious Louisville: How Do You Pronounce ‘Nachand’?

The name is found on streets and buildings in both Louisville and Southern Indiana, and the origin differs based on what side of the river you are on.

Curious Louisville: The Case Of The Quincy Street Floodwall

Louisville’s floodwall is hard to miss in Butchertown, where the giant concrete wall goes straight down the middle of Quincy Street. Why was it built there?

Curious Louisville: How Did Hillcrest Avenue Become Halloween Headquarters?

What began as a competition between two neighbors now draws tens of thousands of visitors every October.

Curious Louisville: What Are Clifton’s ‘Chicken Steps?’

Old Louisville has its Victorian homes, Portland has its shotgun houses and Butchertown its cobblestoned alleyways. And Clifton has The Chicken Steps.

Curious Louisville: Was The High-Five Really Invented In Louisville?

The answer involves basketball, baseball, the Castro District, and an elaborate hoax.