James R. Keene

James R. Keene (HM136R)

Location: Lexington, KY 40508 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.509', W 84° 29.44'

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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 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.
HM NumberHM136R
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 3:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 720204 N 4213427
Decimal Degrees38.04181667, -84.49066667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.509', W 84° 29.44'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 30.54" N, 84° 29' 26.40" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 121 Midland Ave, Lexington KY 40508, US
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