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The Legend Of Kentucky’s Blue People Will Baffle You Beyond Words

People come in all types of colors and shades of colors, but they are normally red, brown, yellows, browns, pinks, black, and white. Usually, when we think blue people in Kentucky, the first thing that comes to mind is University of Kentucky Wildcat fans… as they are known to dress in and paint their faces blue to show team spirit. Others might think of the Blue Man Group or even the Smurfs. That is not always the case, though… especially around Troublesome and Ball Creek in Kentucky.

It all started back in 1820. A French-born orphan by the name of Martin Fugate built a home in Hazard Kentucky. The area was a lot more rural than it is today, and only so many families settled in the general area. He married another local named Elizabeth Smith.

Some Fugate descendants may still carry the methemoglobinemia gene. There may still be blue people in the Troublesome and Ball Creek areas, but if so, they keep to themselves.
If any Fugate descendants were sports fans… a Kentucky game would surely be the place they could go to fit right in. No one would question their lovely hue of blue there. The family has been a source of curiosity over the decades and has been featured on several different television series, such as Travel Channel and ABC specials. In reality, the blue people in Kentucky are just normal people, who happen to have a unique color.

If you are interested in more oddities or weird places in Kentucky, we have covered some unique history, theories, and facts over the years.

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.