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University of Kentucky Trivia

1. The building below was one of the three original A&M College buildings erected on the present campus. It served a variety of uses - men's dormitory, theater, classroom building, home of the Music and Art departments, etc. - before being raized in 1967 to make way for the construction of the Patterson Office Tower. Name this building!

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White Hall

White Hall was one of the three original A&M College buildings erected on the present campus. It served a variety of uses--men's dormitory, theater, classroom building, home of the Music and Art departments, etc.--before being razed in 1967 to make way for the construction of the Patterson Office Tower.


 2. What president of the University served longer than any other?

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James Kennedy Patterson, 1869-1910.


3. This former Professor of Mathematics, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Business Agent was the University's first Acting President from January 1910 to January 1911. Who was he?

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James Garrard White 


4. What was the original campus site of the James Kennedy Patterson statue?

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Between the Administration Building and Miller Hall

The statue was sited on a landscaped terrace between the south end of the Administration Building and Miller Hall (the statue faced south). It was moved to its present site in front of Patterson Office Tower after that building was finished in 1968 (pictured).


5. In 1916, a portion of railroad track was restored and erected on the campus near the College of Engineering (Anderson Hall). Name the railroad company and state the significance of the track.

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Lexington and Ohio Railroad  

This was a portion of original track of the Lexington and Ohio Railroad (later it became the Louisville and Nashville Railroad), laid at Lexington in 1831.


6. What UK president was an attorney and had been Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals before assuming the presidency of the University in 1911?

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Henry S. Barker 


7. This photograph shows the preparation of a area of land on the campus for a specific purpose. To what use was this tract of land to be put?

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Botanical Gardens


8. In what country and year was the cannon mounted in front of the Administration building manufactured? During what war was it procured?

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Spain, 1785.

The cannon was taken by the United States as spoils of war during the Spanish-American War, given by the U.S. government to the city of Lexington, and salvaged by the University from a dump on the present site of Dickey Hall.


9. Whom does Memorial Hall memorialize?

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Kentucky's war dead of World War I. 

There is a list of names in the foyer, which include both white and Black soldiers.


10. What former UK staff member directed the project of compiling the names of Kentucky's World War II dead, to be inscribed on the walls of Memorial Coliseum?

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Ezra Gillis, the University Registrar


11. To what use was this house on campus put?

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Home of President Patterson

It was located approximately on the east end of the classroom building. In addition to serving as the President's home, the building also was the house of Patterson's brother, who refused to move during his life; the Women's Building, a gathering place for women's students; the University Faculty Club; and Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 


12. This woman established Spindletop Farm in 1935 and built Spindletop Mansion in 1937. In 1959, the University aquired the farm and mansion from her by "gift purchase." Who was she?

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Mrs. Miles F. Yount 


13. Shown here is Lyndon B. Johnson, who was given an honorary degree to mark the occasion of a speech which he delivered on the UK campus. What was the occasion?

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The University of Kentucky Centennial Convocation, February 22, 1965


14. Who was Aldoph Rupp's immediate predecessor as coach of the UK basketball team?

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John W. Mauer


15. Identify the man pictured.

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Jerry Claiborne, UK football coach, 1982-1989


16. To this Mississippi native, a UK professor emeritus, standing at the extreme left in this picture, goes the credit for the establishment of the Kentucky State Archives. Name him.

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Thomas D. Clark 

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