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The Greening of the Bluegrass

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126050
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135410 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.003.0003
The Greening of the Bluegrass

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The composition of limestone, which is calcium carbonate, is very important to horse breeders because it includes a heavy concentration of phosphate, which plays a greater role in growing a strong horse than calcium carbonate does. Limestone is relatively uncommon and only occurs in a few other places outside Bluegrass, according to Professor Frank Ettensohn. In 1876, Professor Nathan Southgate Shaler wrote that Bluegrass land was “surpassed by no other soils in any country for fertility and endurance.” The soil, the limestone, and the Kentucky bluegrass that grew on this land continued to fascinate observers, who wrote about this verdant section of the United States. Bluegrass had two qualities that no other region possessed: (1) an abundance of superior Thoroughbred breeding stock; and (2) the unique land these horses grazed on.

Keywords: Bluegrass; limestone; phosphate; soil; calcium carbonate

Chapter.  12803 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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