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.
100 E. Main St., Lexington, KY
Downtown. On the southeast corner of E. Main St. and S. Limsestone.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Zero Milestone Camel

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Zero Mile Camel.

Zero Milestone Camel

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.

[signmanjoe, 04/10/2018]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Kissing StreetlightsKissing Streetlights, Lexington, KY - < 1 mi.
Giant Abraham Lincoln MuralGiant Abraham Lincoln Mural, Lexington, KY - < 1 mi.
Transylvania's Moosnick MuseumTransylvania's Moosnick Museum, Lexington, KY - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Marker: Uncle Tom's Cabin Site, Paint Lick, KY - 32 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

November 29, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Kentucky Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Vanadu Art House, Hyattsville, Maryland (Nov 23-29, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now


Favorite Quirky City Sights