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UK Underground Blast Lab

Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
Tour 5 - Underground Blast

This facility is located just 25 miles from the campus of the University of Kentucky in part of an active limestone quarry.  Each year the University of Kentucky Explosives Research Team participates in numerous blast mitigation and explosive usage optimization studies.  The blast mitigation studies include structures to resist underground methane and coal dust explosions for mining applications as well as resistance to open air blasts for commercial applications in close proximity to potential terrorist targets.  The laboratory focuses on mining field studies, structural buildings blast mitigation studies, shock tube testing, numerical modeling and calculations, and a host of other related research topics.  Our visit will last roughly three hours and almost all of the activity will take place underground.  Closed toed shoes are required.  Hard hats and self-rescuers will be provided and must be worn through the duration of this tour.

Wilshire’s Restaurant is located in the former home of General John Payne. The 11-room house was constructed around 1790 and is considered an excellent example of Kentucky’s pre-Federal period stone architecture.  For over 200 years, the John Payne family home has been used to entertain guests from all over the world. 

This farm is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai.  We will tour this world class horse farm, and learn all about the racing and breeding at one of Lexington’s premier equine operations.  The tour will start at the office for an introduction by a knowledgeable Darley tour host, then we move to the trophy room, on to the stallion barn (where several horses will be brought out and you can have your photograph taken with a famous stallion), then the breeding shed, ending again at the office.  The tour should last an hour to an hour and a half.  The buildings are relatively close together.  There shouldn’t be too much walking.  Stallions that stand stud at Darley at Jonabell Farm are:  Alpha, Animal Kingdom, Bernardini, Elusive Quality, Emcee, Frosted, Girolamo, Hard Spun, Medaglia d’Oro, Midshipman, Nyquist, Street Boss and Street Sense. 

A tour of Wild Turkey Distillery will take you through the process of making bourbon from the selection of grains all the way through the final delicious product. This tour will provide a history of the Wild Turkey product and bourbon in general.   Wild Turkey Bourbon is one of the bestselling premium bourbons in the world.   Produced in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey Bourbon is known by its signature 101 proof and its unique unmatched flavor.  A tasting of Wild Turkey Products will be offered at the end of the tour.   This tour will require visitors to climb and descend roughly three stories of stairs.