I was out exploring the beautiful countryside in 2019. I was searching for junkyards close to my home and I found one just outside of Paris, Ky. It took me a while to find the driveway/road back to it as it sits about a half mile from the main road. It was a rutted dirt road and had water standing from the recent rains.
As I drove toward my destination, I was reminded of the movie "Deliverance" and I could hear the banjos playing in my mind. I realized that I had told no one where I was going and that if I disappeared, then that was that. None of this turned out to be true, the gentleman that runs the place was very nice and let me wander through the rows and back fields to take pictures of rusted vehicles. I found several that where worthy of being immortalized in color pencil.
When I did research on this bus, it seems no one has any idea about where it came from, why it has Kentucky Saddler on the marquis and what it was used for. I contacted the museum at Keeneland,, Lexington Library, UK digital Library and no one has any idea about this bus. I then contacted Marmon Herrington and they did not have any information either.
About the Horse
The American Saddlebred is a horse breed from the United States. This breed was referred to as the "Horse America Made". Descended from riding-type horses bred at the time of the American Revolution, the American Saddlebred includes the Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, Morgan and Thoroughbred among its ancestors. Developed into its modern type in Kentucky, it was once known as the "Kentucky Saddler", and used extensively as an officer's mount in the American Civil War. In 1891, a breed registry was formed in the United States. Throughout the 20th century, the breed's popularity continued to grow in the United States, and exports began to South Africa and Great Britain. Since the formation of the US registry, almost 250,000 American Saddlebreds have been registered, and can now be found around the world, with separate breed registries established in Great Britain, Australia, continental Europe, and southern Africa.
June 9th, 2020
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