Oxford in Benton County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Standard-bred colt (sire Joe Patchen, dam Zelica) foaled 1896 Oxford, Benton County; raised by Daniel A. Messner, Jr. on this farm. A natural pacer, trained for harness racing, a very popular sport in late 1800's and early 1900's. Dan Patch began his racing career at county fairs in 1900; he became famous in Grand Circuit racing and never loast a race.
In 1902, sold to M. E. Sturgis, New York, then to Marion W. Savage, owner of International Stock Food Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, who used horse's racing fame to market his stock food and many other products from toys to automobiles. Dan Patch's 1906 World record 1:55 mile held for thirty-two years. Was retired from racing 1909 for stud. Took part in exhibitions; died 1916.
Erected 1999 by Ind. Hist. Bureau, Descendants of D. Messner, Jr., Oxford Lions Club, Oxford Citizens and Town Board, Benton Co. Hist. Society. (Marker Number 04.1999.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 31.164′ N, 87° 14.71′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Indiana, in Benton County. Marker is on South Michigan Street (State Road 352) south Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oxford IN 47971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Not Forget (approx. ¼ mile away); Pine Village Football (approx. 4.9 miles away); Hooker Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Benton County Courthouse (approx. 7.7 miles away); New Purchase Boundary (approx. 9.6 miles away); Indian Boundary Line (approx. 9.9 miles away); Zachariah Cicott (approx. 12.4 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 13 miles away).
Also see . . . All Things Dan Patch. Website of The Dan Patch Historical Society. A number of items are located on this link. (Submitted on June 25, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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