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Elmendorf Farm Photographic Collection, ca. 1900

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Title

Elmendorf Farm Photographic Collection

Date

ca. 1900

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Elmendorf Farm Photographic Collection, PA71M14,Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

.5 cu. ft. (1 box): 61 items

Biography/History

After graduating from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, James Ben Ali Haggin (1922-1914) invested in real estate, mining, and farming. His business interests all proved successful and allowed him to move around the country. In 1880 he began to breed racehorses at his farm the Rancho del Paso. His 44,800-acre California horse-breeding ranch, based in Sacramento, California, was considered to have been the largest of its time. He and his partner, Lloyd Tevis, owned ranches in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

His horse racing successes including Tyrant, winner of the Belmont and Kentucy Derby winner Ben Ali. By 1897, Haggin had returned to Kentucky, where he purchased the Elmendorf Farm from Daniel Swigert. Expenses and distance forced him to close down the Rancho del Paso after he began operations at Elmendorf. Haggin had a mansion constructed at Elmendorf Farm. Adolf Wegner, the chief building engineer, oversaw the building of Green Hills Mansion at Elmendorf.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 61 prints collected into an album. Album was badly damaged, front and back have been discarded, images have been removed from their mounting to be more easily preserved.

Subjects

  • Horse Farms--Kentucky
  • Throughbred horse--Pedigrees

Related Material

Haggin, James Ben Ali. New York: Redfield-Kendrick-Odell Co., 1918.

Haggin, James Ben Ali. "Thoroughbreds at Elmendorf, 1905." Lexington: James B. Haggin, 1905.

Beall, Wilma. Nicholasville, KY: Sunshine Publications, 1992.

"Breeders of Eclipse Award Winners." (January 2002).

Heath, Thomas. "Cooke Ends Venture in Racing." The Washington Post. January 4, 1997. (January 2002).

Jones, Kathleen. "Polynesian." (January 2002).

Oklahoma State University. "History of Dexter Cattle in America." May 30, 1996. (January 2002).

Collection Inventory

Exterior of building; Elmendorf Mansion, large, two-story house with tall columns on a portico. "Mansion at Elmendorf.," written on back. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 1] browse
Posed photo; African American man holding a horse by a bridle. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 2] browse
Posed group photo of horses; several horses in a pasture, standing and lying down. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 3] browse
Scene of a brook below a house; a man is riding in a horse-drawn wagon in the middle of a creek. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 4] browse
Landscape; a brook winding through an area with trees. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 5] browse
Construction site; Early stage in the construction of the Elmendorf Farm Mansion, building implements scattered throughout site. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 6] browse
Exterior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion; the stone walls of the first floor are up, building is under construction, materials are stacked in front of the building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 7] browse
Exterior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion; a close up view of the construction of the building from #7. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 8] browse
Exterior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion; a nearly completed version of the the construction from #10 and #11, four men are standing near the incomplete front steps, the building is a large, two-story mansion with tall columns on a front portico, there is still landscaping to be done. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 9] browse
Exterior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion; the construction and landscaping begun in #7 are finished, the completed two story mansion boasts a tidy walkway and well manicured grass, the steps are guarded by two stone lions. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 10] browse
Entrance Hall; Interior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion; staircase leading to second floor, ornately furnished room, marble table with lamps and chairs. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 11] browse
Drawing Room; Interior of Elmendorf Farm Mansion, room has a dining room, a large mirror in center, chairs dot the room, a small table sits near the center. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 12] browse
Dining Room; Interior of Elmendorf Farm. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 13] browse
Library, Interior of Elmendorf Mansion, a desk is in the center of the room, bookshelves and a fireplace line the wall. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 14] browse
Horse; trees and field are in the background. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 15] browse
Breeding Barn; Exterior of building, large building with two oversized doors visible, windows dot the first and second floors. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 16] browse
"Coach House," Exterior of building, large building lined with windows on the first and second floor, two men are standing near the end of the building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 17] browse
Back of the Mansion, writing on lower left back "Library lower left back; Mr. Haggin's room, upstairs back left; Mrs. Haggin's upstairs, front left; small guest rooms with baths on 3rd floor; kitchen under house in rear." Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 18] browse
Berryman House. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 19] browse
A road leading to the Elmendorf Mansion. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 20] browse
Elmendorf Mansion, taken from across a field. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 21] browse
"Gate Lodge on Iron Works Pike." Silver Print
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A gate with security house. Silver Print
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Small stone house. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 24] browse
"Log cabin near site of Elmendorf; later torn down." Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 25] browse
Posed photo of a horse. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 26] browse
Posed photo of a horse. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 27] browse
Exterior of building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 28] browse
Exterior of building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 29] browse
Posed photo of five men, "2nd from right, Adolph Wegner, builder." Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 30] browse
Exterior of building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 31] browse
Exterior of building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 32] browse
Exterior of building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 33] browse
Stone lion at the entrance to a building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 34] browse
A stone bridge over a culvert. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 35] browse
Exterior of a stone building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 36] browse
"Adolph Wegner, Building Engineer of Elmendorf," standing in front of a boarded-up door of the Mansion. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 37] browse
Ducks swimming in a creek. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 38] browse
Paris Pike; Berryman House in back. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 39] browse
Another view of the Elmendorf Mansion. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 40] browse
A view taken from a distance of the side of the Mansion. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 41] browse
Berryman House; a side view. Silver Print
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Berryman House; a front view. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 43] browse
Breeding Barn. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 44] browse
Exterior of building; stone wall and gatehouse, buildings in background. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 45] browse
Exterior of building; greenhouse. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 46] browse
Exterior of building; small stone building. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 47] browse
The Gate Lodge on Iron Works Pike. Silver Print
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Entrance and driveway to grounds. Silver Print
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Cattle gate with suspended apparatus. Silver Print
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Stone bridge over a small creek. Silver Print
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Exterior view of a water tower with tank and windmill on top. Silver Print
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The construction of a loading ramp or bridge over a gully. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 53] browse
Exterior of building; Elmendorf Mansion. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 54] browse
A small stone building in the middle of a pasture. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 55] browse
Exterior of building; The Coach House, seen from a distance. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 56] browse
"Entrance and Gate House on Iron Works Pike. Linden trees on either side of road, imported from Germany." Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 57] browse
Interior of the Entrance Hall of Elmendorf Mansion; shows marble table with two lamps. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 58] browse
Interior of Elmendorf Mansion; bottom of staircase in Elmendorf Hall. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 59] browse
Posed photo; An African American man sitting on a horse. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 60] browse
Posed photo; An African American couple in front of their house. Silver Print
[box: 1, item: 61] browse