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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

James R. Keene

1838 - 1913

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. James R. Keene Marker
Inscription. Castleton Farm, a stately, stone-walled property on Lexington's Iron Works Pike, was purchased by Sen. John Brechinridge in 1790. A century later, it was bought by James R. Keene, a mercurial figure in American business and sport.

Born in London, Keene came to this country as a child and authored a prototype American success story. He was a millworker, school teacher and editor before buying some mules to go into the hauling trade. His customers included the Bonanza mines, and Keene made enough money to buy a seat on the San Francisco stock exchange. He later moved to Wall Street via private car, became even richer, went broke in an attempt to corner the Chicago wheat market, then rebounded handsomely through his handling of the sugar trust.

Keene was an avid horse owner both here and abroad and was instrumental in formation of The Jockey Club in 1894. He raised more than 100 stakes winners at Castleton and his Domino, bought as a yearling, became one of the fastest and storied of American race horses.
 
Location. 38° 2.509′ N, 84° 29.44′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Click for map
James R. Keene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. James R. Keene Marker
. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Elisha Warfield (here, next to this marker); Isabel Dodge Sloane (here, next to this marker); Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Warner L. Jones Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Bing Crosby (a few steps from this marker); William Woodward, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Daniel Swigert (a few steps from this marker); E. P. Taylor (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lexington, KY - Horse Capital of the World. (Submitted on July 24, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.)
2. Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
 
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James R. Keene Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
3. James R. Keene Marker
Thoroughbred Park image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
4. Thoroughbred Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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