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Ringing Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1950

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus arrived in Lexington in July 1950. The elephants were unloaded from their train cars beneath Jefferson Street viaduct. Published in the Lexington Leader July 27, 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus arrived in Lexington in July 1950. The elephants were unloaded from their train cars beneath the Jefferson Street viaduct. Published in the Lexington Leader on July 27, 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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UK’s Lou Tsioropoulos, 1953

University of Kentucky's Lou Tsioropoulos (16) grabbed a rebound against Duke in the Kentucky Invitational Tournament at Memorial Coliseum December 21, 1953. Kentucky won 85-69. UK went undefeated for the season but declined an NCAA bid. Tsioropoulos  died on Saturday in Louisville.He would have been 85 next Monday. Unpublished. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

University of Kentucky’s Lou Tsioropoulos (16) grabbed a rebound against Duke in the Kentucky Invitational Tournament on Dec. 21, 1953, at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky won, 85-69. UK went undefeated that season but declined an NCAA bid. Tsioropoulos died Saturday in Louisville. He would have been 85 on Monday. Unpublished photo. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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John Henry comes home for retirement, 1985

Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins gives John Henry a rub on the head after the famous Thoroughbred race horse arrived in Lexington Aug. 26, 1985 at Blue Grass Field, now called Blue Grass Airport. The two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year winner was coming home to Lexington for his retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. John Henry, a 10-year old gelding at the time of his retirement, was  taken to the Horse Park where waiting there was a shiny, new stall made of oak and brass in a barn named aptly enough "The Hall of Champions." John Henry, the oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race - at age 9 - lived out his retirement for 22 years at the Horse Park. He was burried in front of the Hall of Champions at a spot in front of his paddock. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins gave John Henry a rub on the nose on Aug. 26, 1985, after the famous Thoroughbred arrived at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field, now called Blue Grass Airport. The two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year was coming home to Lexington for his retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. John Henry, a 10-year-old gelding at the time of his retirement, was taken to the Horse Park, where waiting there was a shiny new stall made of oak and brass in a barn named “The Hall of Champions.” John Henry, the oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race — at age 9 — lived at the Horse Park for 22 years. He died in October 2007 and was buried near the Hall of Champions at a spot in front of his paddock. Read the story from our archives on when the legendary horse came home. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Ringo’s Mill covered bridge, 1981

Kentucky highway 158 runs beside Ringo's Mill covered bridge in Fleming County south of Hillsboro.  The 90-foot-long single span Burr truss bridge was built in 1867 and served as a link to Ringo's Mill, a grist mill operated during the 1800's. Photographed June 30, 1981. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Ky. 158 runs beside Ringo’s Mill covered bridge in Fleming County, south of Hillsboro. The 90-foot-long single-span Burr truss bridge was built in 1867 and was a link to Ringo’s Mill, a grist mill operated during the 1800s. The 148-year-old bridge has its own Facebook page. Photographed June 30, 1981. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Temporary housing for UK freshmen, 1946

The University of Kentucky gymnasium was converted into temporary sleeping barracks to accommodate 400 of the 2,500 students arriving for opening of Freshman Week in Sept. 1946.

The University of Kentucky gymnasium was converted into temporary sleeping barracks in September 1946 to accommodate 400 of the 2,500 students arriving for the start of Freshman Week.

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Lexington police officer Roy Mardis, 1985

Lexington Police Officer Roy Mardis with his police dog Amanda during photo shoot in Lexington, Ky., in  February 1985. This was soon after he was named Lexington Police Officer of The Year. Mardis was accidentally shot by a state trooper during a manhunt for a murder suspect in a Mercer County cornfield on August 23, 1985. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Lexington police officer Roy Mardis with his police dog, Amanda, during a photo shoot in February 1985, soon after he was named Lexington police officer of the year. In 13 years of service, he received 61 commendations. Mardis was accidentally shot and killed by a state trooper during a manhunt for a murder suspect in a Mercer County cornfield on Aug. 23, 1985. He was 35. Since 1994, the road leading to the police department’s canine unit training center has been named Roy Mardis Drive. On Sunday, the 30th anniversary of his death, the police department is hosting a ceremony at the training center honoring Mardis’ memory. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, 1950

Clydesdales Gordie and Grant, two members of the famous eight-horse hitch owned by the Anheuser-Busch brewery of Saint Louis received expert grooming while stabled at a Lexington service station at Third and Jefferson streets in Lexington in July of 1950.  The grooms are Pete Binning, Whitey Mueller and Tom Lambing, all of Saint Louis.  Published in the Lexington Leader July 27, 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Clydesdales Gordie and Grant, two members of the famous eight-horse hitch owned by the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, received expert grooming while stabled at a Lexington service station at Third and Jefferson streets in July 1950. The grooms are Pete Binning, Whitey Mueller and Tom Lambing, all of St. Louis. Published in the Lexington Leader on July 27, 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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UK students move into dorms, 1949

University of Kentucky students move into their dorm room in Patterson Hall during orientation week activities, Sept. 1949. Pat Moore, foreground, unpacks,  Marian Ferguson, rear,  made up her bunk and Mary Jo Cundiff applied polish to her nails.  Published in the Herald-Leader September 18, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

University of Kentucky students moved into their rooms in Patterson Hall during orientation week activities in September 1949. Pat Moore, foreground, unpacked, Marian Ferguson made up her bunk, and Mary Jo Cundiff applied nail polish. Published in the Herald-Leader on Sept. 18, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kentucky State Fair, 1983

Amy Spoonamore, 6, of Lincoln County, snugged with a 5-month old heifer calf named Marie at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville on August 11, 1983. She was waiting with the calf for judging in the 4-H competition to begin. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Amy Spoonamore, 6, of Lincoln County snuggled with a 5-month-old heifer calf named Marie at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville on Aug. 11, 1983. Amy was waiting with the calf for the start of judging in the 4-H competition. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Bill Curry and Pookie Jones, 1990

UK head football coach Bill Curry posed with freshman quarterback Pookie Jones during a photo session during football picture day August 9, 1990. Curry was the UK coach from 1990-96 and posted a 26-52 record. Jones led the Wildcats at quarterback for the 1991, 92 and 93 seasons. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

UK head football coach Bill Curry posed with freshman quarterback Pookie Jones during a photo session during football picture day on Aug. 9, 1990. Curry was the coach from 1990 to 1996 and posted a 26-52 record. Jones led the Wildcats at quarterback for the 1991, ’92 and ’93 seasons. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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