Lost Bluegrass

Lost Bluegrass

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qSpend any significant amount of time driving around Lexington and central Kentucky, and you'll see a ubiquitous bumper sticker: qGrowth Destroys Bluegrass Forever.q It's been a common theme in the region for decades the longing for preservation pitted against seemingly inevitable development. Author Ronnie Dreistadt, Outreach Education Coordinator at the Derby Museum in Louisville, tracks the history of development of the Thoroughbred industry in the inner bluegrass region of central-eastern Kentucky, and the more recent problems of land development and suburban sprawl that threatens the existence of these historic farms. This unique region, home of the world's most famous thoroughbred farms, drives the region culturally, as well as economically. It also attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. Lost Bluegrass recounts the development of the Bluegrass Region into a powerhouse of Thoroughbred breeding, recognizing the key players and important factors in racing history that established Kentucky as the place to breed Thoroughbreds. Although the Civil War threatened to destroy the industry, the development of the Kentucky Derby and other classic races caused the breeding industry to rebound in the nineteenth century with famous farms like McGrathiana, Hamburg Place and Claiborne Farm leading the way. As the 20th century progressed, and as Lexington and surrounding communities grew, land values skyrocketed in the region, threatening the rural character of the region. Lost Bluegrass will focus specifically on several historic farms that have been either fully, or largely developed, as well as those farms that are being threatened by development. qLost Bluegrass recounts the development of the Bluegrass Region into a powerhouse of Thoroughbred breeding, recognizing the key players and important factors in racing history that established Kentucky as the place to breed Thoroughbreds.


Title:Lost Bluegrass
Author: Ronnie Dreistadt
Publisher:The History Press - 2011
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