“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Paul Mellon

1907 - 1999

Paul Mellon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Paul Mellon Marker
Inscription. Thoroughbred racing is but one of many aspects of society to benefit from the philanthropy of Paul Mellon. A book published in the 1990s listed $640 million in major charitable donations. Mellon's interests range from the work of Carl Jung to gazing at mares and foals in the fields of his Virginia Farm, Rokeby. Mellon's love of art has been expressed by such projects as funding the Yale Center for British Art and a wing of the Virginia Art Museum and then filling them with priceless treasures. He also is a past chairman of the National art Gallery, which was given to the nation by his father, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.

Yale man Mellon has been in horse racing since his post-graduate days at Cambridge, and he has boarded mares and stood stallions in Kentucky for many years. He is the only owner to have won the English Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Kentucky Derby. Mellon's Great Mill Reef won the first two and Sea Hero won the Kentucky Derby in 1993. Perhaps his greatest contribution has been a style and grace which set an enduring example of sportsmanship.
Location. 38° 2.523′ N, 84° 29.419′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and
Paul Mellon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. Paul Mellon Marker
Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. 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. Leslie Combs II (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (here, next to this marker); C. V. Whitney (here, next to this marker); Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); George M. Humphrey (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . .  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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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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