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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lexington, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Clark County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Clark County, KY (53) Bourbon County, KY (33) Estill County, KY (13) Fayette County, KY (275) Madison County, KY (108) Montgomery County, KY (17) Powell County, KY (9)  ClarkCounty(53) Clark County (53)  BourbonCounty(33) Bourbon County (33)  EstillCounty(13) Estill County (13)  FayetteCounty(275) Fayette County (275)  MadisonCounty(108) Madison County (108)  MontgomeryCounty(17) Montgomery County (17)  PowellCounty(9) Powell County (9)
Winchester is the county seat for Clark County
Lexington is in Clark County
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      Estill County (13)  
      Fayette County (275)  
      Madison County (108)  
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1 Kentucky, Clark County, Lexington — 1318 — Caveland
Home of Richard Hickman. Born in Va., 1757. Built house in 1797. Clark county's first legislative representative, 1793-98. Member 1799 Ky. Constitutional Convention. General in the Ky. Militia. State: senator, 1800-8, 1811-12, 1819-22. Lt. Gov., . . . Map (db m169699) HM
2 Kentucky, Clark County, Lexington — 2549 — John Jacob Niles
Composer, author, and ballad singer John Jacob Niles (1892-1980) built Boot Hill Farm here in 1939. Niles composed the songs “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair,” and “Go 'Way from . . . Map (db m169683) HM
3 Kentucky, Clark County, Lexington — 2599 — Jones Nursery / Nursery Place
Jones Nursery Griffin Fauntleroy Jones began one of Kentucky’s earliest commercial nurseries. He sold fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, and vines. Many orchards in Clark and surrounding counties were supplied from Jones’ Nursery. . . . Map (db m169688) HM
4 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1404 — ← Cave Spring
Home of Capt. Robert Boggs, b.1746, Mill Creek Hundred, Del. Moved to Va. Soldier in Revolution. Came to Ky., 1774, as chainman Col. John Floyd's survey party. One of founders of Boonesborough. Officer, Cherokee Expedition, 1776. Under . . . Map (db m169730) HM
5 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Breed Only The Best
Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds; the best racing and driving horses in America stood here. A good horse was indispensable throughout the 1800s Horses For Power, Transportation, And Sport. Breeders increasingly focused on . . . Map (db m194473) HM
6 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Nugent's Crossroad - Midway - Wallace Station
Toll Roads, toll houses, stage stations and taverns. Railroad Stations with shipping docks, post offices and dry-goods stores. Towns invented by the railroad and small communities congregated at crossroads and mills. Since 1800, . . . Map (db m194569) HM
7 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Pisgah — National Register Rural Historic District
In 1988, Pisgah became Kentucky's first National Register Rural Historic District. Kentucky was part of Virginia in 1784 when a close-knit community of families joined by faith crossed the mountains together and settled here. The Pisgah . . . Map (db m194508) HM
8 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Redd Road — National Regiser Rural Historic District
The historic resources ind landscapes of the Redd Road Rural Historic District tell how access to dependable, free flowing water influenced early settlement patterns; of the importance of local manufacturing and commerce to the neighborhood . . . Map (db m194505) HM
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9 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — the International Thoroughbred Landscape
Today's international Thoroughbred industry shapes and influences the Old Frankfort Pike and greater Scenic Corridor area. A year-round schedule of breeding, foaling, naming, breaking, training, racing, sales and auctions takes place along the . . . Map (db m194573) HM
10 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree — Largest Basswood Tree in the United States
The National Arborist Association and the International Society of Arboriculture jointly recognize this significant tree in this bicentennial year as having lived here at the time of the signing of our constitution.Map (db m152373) HM
11 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union troops. . . . Map (db m123526) HM
12 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — A. B. Hancock Sr. — 1875 - 1957
Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr. was the son of Capt. Richard Hancock, who established Ellerslie as the leading horse farm in Virginia late in the 19th Century. Arthur Sr. returned from the University of Chicago in 1895 to assist his father, and later, as . . . Map (db m58285) HM
13 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Abraham Perry (1842-1908)
known as Abe, was born in Midway, Woodford County. He began his career as a Thoroughbred trainer for Abraham Buford, Bosque Bonita Far, Woodford County where he trained McWhitter (1876-1878). Perry became assistant trainer for Leonard W. Jerome, . . . Map (db m169792) HM
14 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Adamstown / Pierre Whiting — 1872 1943 / 1863 1949
Adamstown This interurban African-American community was established in 1872 when working class and skilled laborers began purchasing land from George M. Adams to build homes. Adams, a native of Barbourville, Kentucky, was a slave owner . . . Map (db m169874) HM
15 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Address by President Lincoln — At the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery — November 19, 1863 —
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that . . . Map (db m138998) HM WM
16 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1826 — Adolph F. Rupp (1901-77)
"Winningest" coach in history of college basketball. Native Kansan who played under famed coach "Phog" Allen. Head coach at UK, 1930-72. Won 4 NCAA titles, won or tied SEC crown 27 times; coach of 1948 US Olympic team that won gold medal. Natl. . . . Map (db m134593) HM
17 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1928 — African American Physicians
Site of office building which housed prominent African-American physicians and pharmacy. Among the doctors who practiced here between 1909 and 1930 were Obed Cooley; Nathaniel J. Ridley; J.C. Coleman; John Hunter, first African-American surgeon at . . . Map (db m68193) HM
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18 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — African Americans in Racing
In the early 19th century, Southern Thoroughbred breeders, including those in Kentucky, relied on slaves to care for, ride, and train their horses. After emancipation, many of these former slaves remained on the farms and, to a large degree, it was . . . Map (db m202887) HM
19 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — African Americans in the Horse Industry Buried Here
Thoroughbred Trainers (24) French Brooks 1861-1943 • Harry Brown ?-1890 • Edward Caldwell 1863-1912 • General Carter 1865-1936 • Oliver D. Chambers 1842-1909 • June Collins 1860-1930 • Polk Drake 1852-1889 • Moses Dupee 1832-1901 • Ben . . . Map (db m169816) HM
20 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2110 — African Cemetery No. 2
Earliest recorded cemetery in Lexington to be organized, owned, and managed by African Americans. The site has been in existence since 1869. Trustees of Benevolent Society No. 2 successfully operated cemetery. Many individuals buried here were . . . Map (db m169750) HM
21 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt — 1912 - 1999
Son of a sporting coachman, who went down on the Lusitania, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt took over his family's Sagamore Farm in Maryland after his 21st birthday in 1933. He soon purchased Discovery, which campaigned across the country for several years . . . Map (db m58313) HM
22 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Allen Paulson — 1922 - 2000
Long before he owned the international champion Cigar, Allen Paulson had established an American success story honored by the Horatio Alger Association and the Wright Brothers Trophy. Born in Clinton, Iowa, into a family that was to be bankrupted by . . . Map (db m58319) HM
23 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Americas First West — "Spread out before us lay the finest body of land in the world."
Imagine... Standing on this spot in 1770. You are a British citizen, and George III is king. You and a few hundred others are the only non-Native Americans exploring the uncharted lands of Kentucke (as it is known) west of the . . . Map (db m194468) HM
24 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Andrew Jackson — 1767 - 1845
George Washington's diary included references to attending horse racing and Thomas Jefferson was also an avid horseman. Their interest, however, could hardly match that of Andrew Jackson, who stabled some of his race horses on the White House . . . Map (db m58344) HM
25 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. — 1910 - 1972
Arthur B. Hancock, Jr. was given the nickname of "Bull" while in school. He was known as such thereafter, the name fitting his large physical frame and deep, commanding voice. Hancock inherited responsibility for Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, . . . Map (db m57720) HM
26 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2381 — Artistides
In May 1875, an estimated 10,000 racing fans watched the first running of the Kentucky Derby. Among the field of fifteen thoroughbreds, Aristides, the “little red horse,” won the mile-and-one-half race. Oliver Lewis, a . . . Map (db m78750) HM
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27 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — August Belmont II — 1853 - 1924
Man O’ War, the legendary race horse from the Golden Age of Sport, was bred in Kentucky by August Belmont II. For more than a quarter-century, Belmont was perhaps the most important figure in Thoroughbred racing, as chairman of the Jockey Club, a . . . Map (db m57640) HM
28 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2070 — Barker Hall and Buell Armory
Dedicated in 1901 and known as Alumni Hall. The original structure was a central, three-story building with a gymnasium and a drill hall on either side. Expanded in the 1930s with aid of WPA funds. The 19th-century bell from the Peter Taylor . . . Map (db m136988) HM
29 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 14 — Beck House
Residence of James Burnie Beck. Born Dumfriesshire, Scot., 1822, died Washington, D.C., 1890. Law partner John C. Breckinridge. Congressman from Ky., 1867-75. U.S. Senator from Ky. 1876-90.Map (db m35840) HM
30 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Bing Crosby — 1904 - 1977
After Meadow Court wom the Irish Sweeps Derby of 1965, fans were treated to Bing Crosby's impromptu crooning of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." The famous singer and actor was part owner of the winning colt. Years before, Crosby had greeted the . . . Map (db m57709) HM
31 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Boone
Israel 1759 — 1782 Son of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Killed in the Battle of Blue Licks Aug. 19, 1782 Edward 1740 — 1780 Killed by Indians Brother of Daniel Samuel 1728 — 1808 Revolutionary soldier Brother of . . . Map (db m202810) HM WM
32 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1773 — Boone's Creek Baptist Church
Organized November 1785, by Elders John Taylor and John Tanner with 18 original members. Church part of Elkhorn Assn.; in 1823 joined Boone's Creek Assn. Sunday School organized ca. 1866. Present church is on same land as the first log church . . . Map (db m169681) HM
33 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2230 — Boone's Station
Daniel Boone surveyed this site in 1774 for a 4,000-acre land grant to James Hickman. In Dec. 1779, Boone and other families lived here in crude shelters; in 1780, built cabins & stockade. By 1783, the station included 15-20 families. Among these, . . . Map (db m169706) HM
34 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Bryan Station Memorial
This Memorial was erected by the Lexington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution August 15 1896Map (db m226100) HM
35 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 21 — Bryan's Station
Camping place in 1775-76 of the brothers Morgan, James, William and Joseph Bryan. In 1779 was fortified as a station which in Aug. 1782 repelled a siege of Indians and Canadians under Capt. William Caldwell and Simon Girty.Map (db m35894) HM
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36 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Buffalo Soldiers
“Buffalo Soldiers” specifically refers to African Americans serving in the 9th and 10th Cavalry, and 24th and 25th infantry. Originally organized after the Civil War to fight native Americans in the American West, they later went on to . . . Map (db m169751) HM
37 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — C. V. Whitney — 1899 - 1992
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney represented the third generation of the Whitney family's prominence in business, society, and racing. His mother was a granddaughter of shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. C. V. Whitney and a cousin, John . . . Map (db m58299) HM
38 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Calumet Farm
Devil's red trim on crisp white buildings, green roofs, and miles of curving white board fences: unmistakably Calumet. This farm dominated the 20th century equine industry as a breeding and racing powerhouse. William Monroe . . . Map (db m194572) HM
39 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Capt. Harry Guggenheim — 1890 - 1971
Charles Lindbergh regarded Capt. Harry F. Guggenheim and Dr. Robert Goddard as the two most forward looking men in the early history of aerospace. Guggenheim financed much of Goddard's research and was himself a combat flyer in both world wars. . . . Map (db m58321) HM
40 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Cassius Clay Tankersly (c. 1866-1886)
had been employed by Barak G. Thomas, owner of Dixiana Farm, as a 'race rider' since he was fourteen years old. He was mounted for the Harold Stakes at Latonia. Cassius' fate was reported in several publications: “The sad accident which befell . . . Map (db m169789) HM
41 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2392 — Class Competitions / Tug of War
Class Competitions On American campuses in the 1900s, freshman and sophomore classes had a variety of competitions. The University of Kentucky was no exception. An early rivalry was the annual flag rush in which one class would defend their flag . . . Map (db m202820) HM
42 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd / Boyd Hall — 1874-1955 / 1923-2014
Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd Cleona Belle Matthews, a native of Missouri, taught Greek and Latin at Park College Academy until she married Dean Paul P. Boyd in 1906 and they moved to Kentucky. The Boyds had two children, Virginia and Martha. . . . Map (db m218234) HM
43 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Cleveland-Rogers House
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1819Map (db m202798) HM
44 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Col. E. R. Bradley — 1859 - 1946
The activities of Col. E. R. Bradley ranged from operating Palm Beach's Beach Club casino to staging charity race days for orphans. A product of a burgeoning nation in the 19th century, Bradley worked in steel mills in Pittsburgh as a youngster, . . . Map (db m58351) HM
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45 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Col. Phil T. Chinn — 1874 - 1962
Col. Phil T. Chinn's place in the history of Thoroughbred racing and breeding would be secure on the facts alone, for he bred, trained, raced, bought, and sold a number of important horses. It was as a character and raconteur, however, that Col. . . . Map (db m58320) HM
46 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 166 — Coldstream Farm
Famous Kentucky horse farm. Known earlier as McGrathiana. The home of Aristides, the first winner of the Kentucky Derby.Map (db m70578) HM
47 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2545 — Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jeffrey Wasson
At this site in the fall of 1985, undercover police operations targeted gay men. Nineteen were charged with violating Kentucky's sodomy law, which carried a penalty of up to 12 months in jail, a $500 fine or both. Only Jeffrey Allen Wasson . . . Map (db m179364) HM
48 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Confederate Soldiers Monument
C.S.A (The names of 160 Confederate soldiers that are buried in the Lexington Cemetery are listed on the four faces of the pedestal) C.V.A.Map (db m167905) WM
49 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Create An Agri-culture — Crops, livestock, labor...and a place to rest
Corn was the staple crop on most farms, because the grain fed people and livestock throughout the year. After corn came wheat, rye, flax, hemp, barley, oats, turnips and potatoes. The kitchen garden yielded vegetables and herbs. The farm . . . Map (db m194472) HM
50 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Daniel Swigert — 1833 - 1912
Elmendorf Farms, one of the enduring symbols of the Bluegrass, on Paris Pike, was named by Daniel Swigert. He purchased the 544-acre core of the farm in 1881 for $150,000 from John Sanford, who had called the property Preakness Stud. Earlier, . . . Map (db m58282) HM
51 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Descendants in Man o' War's Memorial Gravesite
In addition to the great Man o' War, this memorial gravesite also holds the final remains of several of his sons and daughters including Triple Crown winner, War Admiral. War Admiral (1938-1900) Buried with Man o' War By Man o' War, . . . Map (db m202934) HM
52 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2022 — Desegregation of UK / Lyman T. Johnson — / 1906- 1997
Desegregation of UK In 1948 Lyman T. Johnson filed suit for admission to UK. In March 1949 Federal Judge H. Church Ford ruled in Johnson's favor, and that summer nearly 30 black students entered UK graduate and professional programs. . . . Map (db m169899) HM
53 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Dr. Elisha Warfield — 1781 - 1859
His name having wafted down through history as The Father of the Kentucky Turf, Dr. Elisha Warfield had the overriding distinction of having been the breeder of the stallion Lexington. Depicted elsewhere in this park, Lexington was a bellwether . . . Map (db m57742) HM
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54 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1466 — Dr. Luke P. Blackburn Correctional Complex / Blackburn Correctional Complex
Dr. Luke P. Blackburn Correctional Complex Originally Kentucky Village, this complex renamed in honor of Dr. Luke P. Blackburn, 26th Governor of Ky., in recognition of his pioneer efforts in prison reform. Elected Governor in 1879, after . . . Map (db m170039) HM
55 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1480 — Dr. Robert Peter
Pharmacist, physician, chemist, teacher and author. Born in England, 1805, he came to Lexington in 1832. Dr. Peter was associated with Transylvania Univ. more than 50 yrs.; elected to chair of chemistry and pharmacy and Dean of Medical School. . . . Map (db m165195) HM
56 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — E. P. Taylor — 1901 - 1989
A Canadian whose breeding farms were in Ontario and Maryland, E. P. Taylor nevertheless had a profound influence on Kentucky. His patronage of the Keeneland select yearling sale was significant in its emergence as the elite among international . . . Map (db m57708) HM
57 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1558 — Early Land Grant
This spring 900 feet to the west was discovered in 1775 by Joseph Lindsay who was killed at the Battle of Blue Licks. Spring and surrounding 2,000 acres were later surveyed for Evan Shelby, father of the first governor of Kentucky. The house on . . . Map (db m170027) HM
58 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Elizabeth Arden Graham — 1884 - 1966
The proprietress of the famed cosmetics house, Elizabeth Arden was born Florence Nightingale Graham near Toronto, Canada. At age twenty-four she moved to New York, later borrowed $6000 from her brother, and began her own firm. By 1945, the Elizabeth . . . Map (db m58291) HM
59 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1001 — Ellerslie
The home which stood on this site from 1787 to 1947 was built by Levi Todd (1756-1807), who named it for his ancestral village in Scotland. He was one of a party of hunters who named Lexington in 1775; first Fayette County clerk; aide to George . . . Map (db m70579) HM
60 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1447 — Fairlawn, ca. 1845 / Dr. Benjamin Dudley
Fairlawn, ca. 1845. Home of Dr. Benjamin W. Dudley from 1846 until 1870. Small white cottage to south purchased by Dr. Dudley, 1839, used for instruction in anatomy and surgery while on faculty of Transylvania Medical School. William T. . . . Map (db m169849) HM
61 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2444 — Family & Consumer Sciences Extension in Kentucky / Myrtle Weldon (1890-1971)
Family & Consumer Sciences Extension in Kentucky Programs began in 1914 when 17 county agents were hired to focus on canning work. Early agents taught food production, safety, preservation & storage. Programs expanded through the 20th century to . . . Map (db m202819) HM
62 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Farriers
The farrier is as critical to the success of the modern racehorse as a well-drilled team changing the tires on the modern racing car. Farriers form and fit the shoes to each horse as required by training and racing events. The adjacent grave is . . . Map (db m169790) HM
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63 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Fayette National Bank Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202848) HM
64 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1551 — First Inauguration
Isaac Shelby was inaugurated as lst governor of Kentucky, June 4, 1792, at building on West Main Street; built as a market house, 1791-92. After Kentucky's admission to Union, the structure was also used as a State House during the legislative . . . Map (db m68215) HM
65 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 6 — First Race Course
Near this spot pioneers in 1780 established the starting point of the first race path in Kentucky, extending southward one quarter mile.Map (db m220782) HM
66 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Floral Hall
Built 1882 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202825) HM
67 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Frances Jewell McVey / Jewell Hall — 1889-1943 / 1939-2014
Frances Jewell McVey Frances Jewell, a native Kentuckian, was a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University. Beginning as an instructor in the University of Kentucky English Department from 1915-1921, Jewell served as Dean . . . Map (db m169879) HM
68 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Gentlemen Farmers and Burley Tobacco
The decades between the Civil War and World War I (circa 1865-1915), brought big events and big changes. Freshly-minted millionaires transformed farms into showplaces where the best thoroughbred and standardbred horses in the world grazed, . . . Map (db m194501) HM
69 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Geology And The Land
The early explorers and surveyors recognized unusually good soil by its appearance, physical qualities and vegetation - even if they didn't comprehend the geology beneath. This 2,400 square mile area - the Inner Bluegrass region of . . . Map (db m194469) HM
70 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — George D. Widener — 1889 - 1971
George D. Widened was a prototype sportsman from a distinguished Philadelphia family. Several years after his father was lost on the Titanic, Widener purchased Erdenheim, the Pennsylvania property which had been birthplace of Iroquois, first . . . Map (db m58288) HM
71 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — George M. Humphrey — 1890 - 1970
Among modern political figures involved in Thoroughbred racing have been national Treasury Secretaries George M. Humphrey, william Simon, and Nicholas Brady. Humphrey joined President Eisenhower's Cabinet in 1953, after a vigorous business career . . . Map (db m58287) HM
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72 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — George Washington — 1732 - 1799
The first President of the United States was an avid horseman and outdoorsman, as befit his era, and he at times was a participant in horse racing. The cherished tale of his Magnolia running against a horse owned by Thomas Jefferson was refuted by . . . Map (db m58334) HM
73 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Getting Ready
Man o' War's training began in September, 1918, at Berlin, Maryland, under the tutelage of Louis Feustel. It was no easy job. As high-spirited as his father, Fair Play, Man o' War was difficult to break at first. Earlier in the summer at Saratoga, . . . Map (db m202910) HM
74 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2012 — Gillis Building 1889
Erected in 1889 as U.K.'s first Agricultural Experiment Station; now second oldest building on the campus. Destroyed by fire in 1891, it was rebuilt on the same site. Named for Ezra Gillis (1867-1958) who joined the U.K. faculty in 1907 and served . . . Map (db m136985) HM
75 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 2439 — Glengarry Field-Cool Meadow / Fasig-Tipton Since 1898
Glengarry Field-Cool Meadow Lexington Municipal Airport at Glengarry Field was dedicated on July 12, 1935 and later re-named Cool Meadow Airport. It was located on the site of a Civil War Union army encampment and skirmish on Glengarry Farm. . . . Map (db m170042) HM
76 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Groomsman
Octie Keys, died July 1929, had a listed occupation of horsegroom. Horsegrooms are responsible for all aspects of the care and maintenance of thoroughbred horses. Until Keeneland was built, Lexington's racetrack, The Kentucky Association Racetrack, . . . Map (db m169755) HM
77 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Haggin Hall
The original Haggin Hall — In 1939, President Frank MeVey announced that Margaret Voorhies Haggin had created a trust fund in memory of her late husband, James B. Haggin. This gift continues to enrich the University today. Born in Frankfort, . . . Map (db m169904) HM
78 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Hal Price Headley — 1888 - 1962
Hal Price Headley embodied the image of the Bluegrass horseman. He was sophisticated in business, but always a man of agriculture, raising tobacco as well as Thoroughbreds. His lasting legacy to Lexington was his instrumental role in formation of . . . Map (db m58352) HM
79 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Harry Payne Whitney — 1872 - 1930
The stamp affixed on Thoroughbred racing by William Collins Whitney and his son Harry Payne Whitney remains indelible. It was W. C. Whitney who poured funding into revitalization of Saratoga, the charming old Victorian race track still operating in . . . Map (db m58325) HM
80 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Henry Clay — 1777 - 1852
Visitors familiar with Lexington's Ashland, the home of Henry Clay, know it as a graceful old house, with lovely gardens and grounds. In an earlier time, when Henry Clay built it to some 2,000 acres, Ashland was also the home of Thoroughbreds. Henry . . . Map (db m58346) HM
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81 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Henry Clay
Henry Clay, born in Virginia in 1777, came to Lexington at the age of twenty and quickly established a successful law practice. In 1799 he married Lucretia Hart, daughter of one of this city’s most prominent families. He served six years in . . . Map (db m119135) HM
82 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Herman L. Donovan / Donovan Hall — 1887-1964 / 1955-2014
Herman L. Donovan UK's Fourth President (1941-1956), Donovan guided the University through World War II and desegregation. He focused much of his energy on post-war planning for UK, which witnessed an influx of returning service men . . . Map (db m169906) HM
83 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Hostlers
A hostler is a horse handler. 'Soup' Perkins was employed as a hostler before becoming a jockey. Daniel Hart, died 16 January 1901, was identified as a hostler in records of his occupation. Sign produced with support from a University of . . . Map (db m169756) HM
84 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — HRM Queen Elizabeth II — 1926 -
The English Royal family has been instrumental in Thoroughbred racing through many successions, and no monarch has been more knowledgeable about the sport that Queen Elizabeth II. There was a Royal Stud farm in the time of Henry VIII, and with . . . Map (db m58316) HM
85 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Idle Hour Farm
E. R. Bradley's Idle Hour Farm, covering 1,292 acres on both sides of Old Frankfort Pike, set an almost unbelievable standard for the early 20th century Thoroughbred farm. Idle Hour raised four Kentucky Derby winners and dominated the . . . Map (db m194571) HM
86 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Isaac Burns Murphy
One of the greatest jockeys in the history of American racing, Isaac Burns Murphy was born on a farm in the Bluegrass not far from Lexington in 1861. His parents were enslaved. His mother, America Murphy, was a domestic servant on the farm. His . . . Map (db m119100) HM
87 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Isaac Burns Murphy
Isaac Burns Murphy was horn to America Murphy in Clark County, Kentucky in January of 1861. After emancipation and the death of his father in the Civil War, Isaac and his mother moved to Lexington where he received his first formal education. The . . . Map (db m202886) HM
88 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden
The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden is named for the famed jockey whose house stood on this site. It was developed to commemorate the contributions of African Americans to Thoroughbred racing and to help revitalize this East End neighborhood. . . . Map (db m119101) HM
89 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden Trailhead
(front side) ”All the Best Jockeys…” In the last decades of the 19th century, horse racing was America's great national sport and black jockeys, many from the Bluegrass region, stood at its center. It was the Gilded Age, . . . Map (db m119102) HM
90 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Isabel Dodge Sloane — 1897 - 1962
Thoroughbred racing for many years has been graced by the participation of distinguished ladies. The first lady to top the list of money-winning owners in a given year was Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloane, whose Brookmeade Stable earned $251,138 in 1934. . . . Map (db m58281) HM
91 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — James Ben Ali Haggin — 1821 - 1914
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 . . . Map (db m58348) HM
92 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — James R. Keene — 1838 - 1913
Castleton Farm, a stately, stone-walled property on Lexington's Iron Works Pike, was purchased by Sen. John Brechinridge in 1790. A century later, it was bought by James R. Keene, a mercurial figure in American business and sport. Born in . . . Map (db m57784) HM
93 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — James 'Soup' Perkins
This monument identifies members of James "Soup" Perkins' family. Frank was a trainer whose career ended when he was killed in 1900. Elizabeth was their sister and Mattie was their mother. The woman identified on the opposite side was Mattie's . . . Map (db m169785) HM
94 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — Joe B. Hall
Known for carrying a rolled-up program in his hand during games, Joe B. Hall had the unenviable task of following UK legend Adolph Rupp, but he filled the role nicely. During his 13-year tenure as head coach of the Cats, Hall led UK to the 1978 . . . Map (db m169878) HM
95 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — John Cabell Breckinridge — Reported permanently removed
Citizen Lawyer Born January 16, 1821, Lexington, Kentucky Graduate of Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1838 Received Law Degree from Transylvania University, 1841 President Kentucky Association, now Keeneland Association In exile . . . Map (db m166078) HM
96 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — John D. Hertz — 1879-1961
Yellow was the color and name of his taxicab company, and yellow and black were his stable colors. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hertz' most famous Thoroughbred was Count Fleet, which won the triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes) in 1943. . . . Map (db m58284) HM
97 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — John E. Madden — 1856 - 1929
John E. Madden named Hamburg Place, outside Lexington, for Hamburg, one of his many champion race horses. He proceeded to breed five Kentucky derby winners on the farm: Old Rosebud, Sir Barton, Paul Jones, Zev and Flying Ebony. Sir Barton also won . . . Map (db m58349) HM
98 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — John Hay Whitney — 1904 - 1982
British Prime Minister Harold McMillan proclaimed John Hay (Jock) Whitney "the best Ambassador the United States ever had here." Whitney was named to the post in 1954 by President Eisenhower, a golfing and hunting crony. Whitney was named for his . . . Map (db m58350) HM
99 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — 1809 — John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) — Reported permanently removed
(Front): Known as the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," Morgan was born in Huntsville, Alabama; in 1831 moved to Lexington. After attending Transylvania, he fought in the Mexican war. In Lexington, he prospered as owner of hemp factory and . . . Map (db m166076) HM
100 Kentucky, Fayette County, Lexington — John S. Knight — 1894 - 1981
Adjacent to this park is the building of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the large Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers. Both Messrs. Knight and Ridder were longtime owners and breeders of racehorses. John S. Knight started with the Akron Beacon . . . Map (db m58333) HM

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