|On the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau brochure, see www.gotolouisville.com|
It led to an interesting discussion about how to pronounce the Kentucky city, Louisville. After seeing the city's brochure, I don't think we're the only family having that discussion. (Kudos to that marketing specialist. How clever is that?!)
Louisville was one of our stops as we made our way from Kansas to Kentucky. We certainly didn't see it all, and we hope to see more attractions on a return trip during warmer weather. (It's a recurring theme from this trip. What did we expect in January?)
|We didn't see any racing. The top photo was a huge video screen in the museum.|
To fund the construction of the track, Clark raised $32,000 by selling 320 membership subscriptions to the track at $100 each. Eighty acres of land, approximately three miles south of downtown were leased from Clark's uncles, John and Henry Churchill. A clubhouse, grandstand, porter's lodge and six stables were all eventually constructed on the site for the opening of the track. For his inaugural race meet, Clark designed his three major stakes races, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap, after the three premier races in England, the Epsom Derby.
And the rest, as they say, is history. (For more on the history, visit the Churchill Downs website.) The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby will be May 4.
In 1880, Bud Hillerich (J. Frederick's oldest son) became an apprentice in his father's shop. An amateur baseball player, Bud made his own baseball bats along with bats for several of his teammates. According to company legend, the first pro bat was turned by Bud for Pete Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team, the Eclipse.
The success of the growing bat company was further enhanced in 1905 when Honus "The Flying Dutchman" Wagner, a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed a contract as the first player ever to endorse a bat. His autograph was also the first to be used on a bat and the first time a professional athlete endorsed an athletic product. (For more on the factory, museum and history, visit their website.)
|I'm holding my mini bat after our tour.|
We learned about Hot Browns while walking at the mall in Columbia, Mo., where we stayed overnight on the way to Morehead. While Randy was waiting on me to finish walking, he sat at a table with some locals. (I texted both Jill and Brent that Dad had made new friends. No one was surprised.) Anyway, one of the guys recommended eating a Hot Brown. After seeing the recipe once we got home, I would have had to do a whole lot more walking to walk that off. Until next time, I guess.
We're looking forward to a repeat visit to Louisville ... Looeyville ... Luhval ... Looavul - whatever you want to call it!