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James Ben Ali Haggin

1821 - 1914

 
 
James Ben Ali Haggin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. James Ben Ali Haggin Marker
Inscription. A Kentucky-born grandson of a Turkish Army officer, James Ben Ali Haggin was lured west by the Gold Rush. He and his partners eventually owned South Dakora's Homestake Mine---the richest gold vein in North America. Haggin's group also mined other ores, owning the Anaconda Copper Mine in Montana and the Ontario Silver Mine in Utah. When shipping ore from his Cerro de Pasco Copper Mine in Peru necessitated a new railroad, Haggin built it himself, for $2 million. The Haggin group was said to control 80% of the world's copper supply.

Similarly grand in the scale of his thinking in agriculture, Haggin bought the 44,000-acre Norris grant in Sacramento. Finally, he came home to Kentucky in 1897 and began acquiring land. Eventually, his Elmendorf Farm sprawled over 8,700 acres and he owned 1,000 Thoroughbreds. Elmendorf's core remains a prominent Thoroughbred farm and sections of the old property became Spendthrift, Gainesway, Greentree, Payson, Normandy, and C. V. Whitney Farms. Haggin won the 1886 Kentucky Derby with a namesake, Ben Ali, and owned the champions Salvator and Firenza. Haggin's descendants in racing would include Louis Lee Haggin II and William Haggin Perry.
 
Location. 38° 2.501′ N, 84° 29.413′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in
James Ben Ali Haggin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. James Ben Ali Haggin Marker
Fayette County. Marker can be reached from East Main Street (U.S. 60) near 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. John E. Madden (a few steps from this marker); Henry Clay (a few steps from this marker); John Hay Whitney (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Col. Phil T. Chinn (a few steps from this marker); Allen Paulson (a few steps from this marker); Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps (within shouting distance of this marker); HRM Queen Elizabeth II (within shouting distance of 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 387 times since then and 15 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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