Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
James R. Keene
1838 - 1913
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals Entertainment • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1790.
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. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . Lexington, KY - Horse Capital of the World. (Submitted on July 24, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.)
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