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This collection contains materials compiled by the North Little Rock History Commission in conjunction with a grant from the Black History Commission of Arkansas. The collection includes materials pertaining to Alonzo Clayton’s jockey career, his residence in North Little Rock, and his descendants.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1876. In 1886, he moved to Arkansas with his family. At the age of 12, Clayton left home to join his older brother in becoming a racing jockey. He won his first race in Clifton, New Jersey, at the age of 14. In 1892, at the age of 16, Clayton became the youngest rider to win the Kentucky Derby, though the Derby record lists him as 15 years old. Clayton went on to win more races, built a reputation for his skill, and became a figure of national renown. In 1895, he built a grand Queen Anne style home for himself in North Argenta, North Little Rock, Arkansas. He and members of his family lived in the house from 1895 to 1899. The residence, described at the time as a fine house, has come to be known as the Engelberger House and as of 1990 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Alonzo Clayton died in California on March 17, 1917, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. He has descendants who live there today.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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North Little Rock History Commission grant project (Alonzo Clayton), MS.000743


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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North Little Rock History Commission grant project (Alonzo Clayton), Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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