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Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.

(1896 - 1947)

 
 
Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. Marker
Inscription. For four decades Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. headed King Ranch, one of America's unique institutions. Among divisions of King Ranch is the Thoroughbred farm he founded outside Lexington, on property that was once part of Col. E. R. Bradley's Idle Hour Farm.

Kleberg was a grandson of Captain Richard King, who had heeded Robert E. Lee's personal advice to "buy land and never sell." King Ranch grew to more than eleven million acres of Texas land. Kleberg became its president in 1932, and although he diversified into oil and acquired lands in South America and Australia, he always regarded the cattle business as King Ranch's fundamental mission. He developed the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle and was instrumental in the development of the American Quarter House.

Kleberg's Thoroughbreds included Triple Crown winner Assault and Kentucky Derby winner Middleground. Among the family's numerous descendants involved in racing, a granddaughter, Helen Alexander, succeeded Kleberg in managing the King Ranch Thoroughbred division.
 
Location. 38° 2.523′ N, 84° 29.413′ 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
Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. Marker
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); C. V. Whitney (here, next to this marker); Paul Mellon (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (a few steps from this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a few steps from this marker); Lucille Parker Markey (a few steps from this marker); HRM Queen Elizabeth II (a few steps from this marker); Ogden Phipps (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 356 times since then and 12 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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