Smiley Pete's human friends collected $66 and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering cast this bronze plaque as a memorial to the town dog. It was installed in May 1958 near the corner of Main and Limestone streets beside what is now the Courthouse Plaza. It has been taken up at least twice for periods over the years during sidewalk repairs and nearby construction.
Smiley Pete's human friends collected $66 and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering cast this bronze plaque as a memorial to the town dog. It was installed in May 1958 near the corner of Main and Limestone streets beside what is now the Courthouse Plaza. It has been taken up at least twice for periods over the years during sidewalk repairs and nearby construction. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com
Smiley Pete's human friends collected $66 and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering cast this bronze plaque as a memorial to the town dog. It was installed in May 1958 near the corner of Main and Limestone streets beside what is now the Courthouse Plaza. It has been taken up at least twice for periods over the years during sidewalk repairs and nearby construction. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

Lexington’s dog-about-town died 60 years ago this month. He’s still famous.

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.