Hamburg Place Horse Cemetery - Lexington, KY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BluegrassCache
N 38° 02.254 W 084° 25.537
16S E 725926 N 4213112
Quick Description: In July, 2005, this then 97-year old cemetery was moved for development purposes. The remains of 18 horses, six former Kentucky Derby winners and other famous and not-so-well known horses were exhumed and re-intered here.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 11/16/2007 10:07:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM2KMJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton
Views: 194

Long Description:
For a list of horses buried in the cemetery click on this link (visit link)

The new horse cemetery, near the new Lowe's and Wal-Mart has no parking near the front of it but you should park in the Wal-Mart parking lot and walk down a sidewalk to a field near a stream behind the cemetery. It appears they are currently doing some type of park development to access the cemetery. The gates are always open and there are benches to sit on in the cemetery itself. The parking coordinates are:
N 38 02.2908
W 084 25.4982

The following information on the cemetery comes from a newspaper article in 2005 (visit link)

Posted 7/26/2005 2:47 PM

Decades-old horse graves moved for shopping center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The remains of 18 horses — some of them well-known thoroughbreds — buried at an old cemetery in Lexington have been moved to make way for a giant retail shopping center.
Workers finished exhuming and transporting the remains from Hamburg Place Cemetery on U.S. 60 last week. The remains were reinterred at a new cemetery down the road on Sir Barton Way.

A new commercial development going up where the horses were once buried will include a Lowe's and a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The owners of the 97-year-old cemetery, Preston and Anita Madden, said the new cemetery will be accessible and open to the public.

Anita Madden said the new burial ground will have a similar horseshoe-shaped design.

"We're trying to reproduce it as close to the original as possible," Madden said. "We want it to be pretty and open all the time."

The new cemetery will be along one of the main access roads to Hamburg Pavilion, a commercial development of stores, restaurants, offices and a movie theater.

The land has been owned by the Madden family since 1898, beginning with Preston Madden's grandfather, John E. Madden, a renowned breeder and trainer.

Among the horses whose remains have been moved are Plaudit, the 1898 Kentucky Derby winner; Lady Sterling, dam of Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown champion in 1919; Bel Sheba, the dam of Alysheba, the 1987 Derby winner; and Princess Mary, dam of 1925 Derby winner Flying Ebony.

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