Lexington, Kentucky: Zero Milestone Camel

The barefoot Bedouin astride his camel was created in this small sculpture by William Ingram in 1926. They stand atop a granite pillar marking the official center of Lexington.
Address:
100 E. Main St., Lexington, KY
Directions:
Downtown. On the southeast corner of E. Main St. and S. Limsestone.
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There is an interesting statue located in Phoenix Park in downtown Lexington. It is a Bedouin seated on a camel. The bronze statue itself is rather small, only about two feet tall, but it is on a granite pedestal about five feet tall. The pedestal is engraved with the words, "Zero Milestone." I checked with the Visitors Bureau and was told this statue is at the center of Lexington and is used by the state highway department as the baseline for any mileage signs showing Lexington as a destination.

The original mile marker was a plain granite monument erected in 1926 by the Lexington Automobile Association in front of Union Station. This was replaced by the camel statue design a few years later.

When Union Station was demolished in 1961 the camel was moved to the county courthouse. It was moved again to its current location in 1990.

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