LF Know Your City! — Oct 12, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. What Louisville corporation was originally called Extendicare in 1968?
  2. What was the name of Louisville’s indoor lacrosse team from 2011-2013?
  3. What Louisville neighborhood was originally called Henderson but changed its name in 1849 based on its location being in the “far west” of the city?

And here are the answers:

  1. Humana. Currently a Fortune 500 company with 95,000 employees and over $80 billion in annual revenue, Humana Inc. started quietly, as a senior healthcare provider owned by Louisville lawyers David A. Jones and Wendell Cherry. The company they started, then called Extendicare, became the biggest senior care provider in the country, and they sold it a few years later, using the profits to start buying hospitals. In 1974, they changed the name of the company to Humana. The story behind the name is that they wanted public perception to be centered around a “higher-level of human care and, by extension, more humane care.” By 1993, Humana had become the largest hospital operator in the country, owning 77 hospitals. In the past few years, there has been a shift within the company, under the guidance of CFO Susan Diamond, to address the needs for better home healthcare. Since 1985, the Louisville headquarters of Humana has been the Humana Tower, a 26-story building located on Main Street in downtown Louisville.
  2. The Kentucky Stickhorses. Playing their home games at Freedom Hall, the Kentucky Stickhorses were one of five teams that comprised the fledgling North American Lacrosse League. Teams from Jacksonville, Charlotte, and other mid-tier cities made up the league, which was plagued with challenges in its first season. By 2013, they seemed to have worked things out. That year the Louisville Stickhorses took on the Boston Rockhoppers for the NALL Championship, and the Boston squad prevailed. Unfortunately, that game marked the end of the season and the end of the league, which announced via Facebook that they had ceased operation. There’s still plenty of lacrosse in Louisville, though, as major local college programs offer the sport, and there are numerous organizations dedicated to teaching the sport to newer generations of players and fans.
  3. The California neighborhood. Originally settled as farmland by German immigrants, the neighborhood known as California is bounded by Broadway on the north, 9th St. on the east, Oak St. on the south, and 26th St. on the west. It’s population of 6500 is 87% African American, and its residents have come a long way in improving conditions in a neighborhood that has been challenged over the years by poverty and urban decay. Currently home to the Brown Forman Distillery headquarters, as well as the Stitzel Brothers brewery, the California neighborhood is making great strides every day to show its civic pride and perseverance.