The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Walter Winans -- Arcturus -- 1903

I recently acquired a 1903 postcard with the description -- Walter Winans signed and dated 1903. The description of the image -- The famous Trotter Arcturus racing for a record promted by the pacer Murrion. Winans was an artist, a sculptor, and a horse breeder. The image is somehow associated with Cornish, Maine. I have found no relationship of the horse Arcturus to Cornish, Maine or any reference for the horse in 1903. Within the Wallace Yearbook Arcturus was identified as a son of Hambletonian 10. However, in my mind this Arcturus would be too old to be racing for a record in 
1903. Perhaps others might be more successful finding the right Arcturus and the connection to Cornish, Maine.

                 




Monday, October 17, 2016

August 1940 -- Madawaska, Maine -- The Saint John Valley Fair -- Madawaska's Lost Trotting Park, Still a Question


The storyboard above is actually the track in Presque Isle, Maine. When putting this storyboard together I selected the incorrect image. Hopefully, I will be able to find the folder with the correct image or perhaps there isn't one. However, I somehow came to believe that there was a trotting track for a short period in Madawaska. Perhaps there was!! One thing for sure! I do know that there was a fair in Madawaska in August of 1940!







Monday, March 30, 2015

Bringing Fans Back to the Grandstands: Create the Fan Experience -- Be Close to the Action -- Capture the Action -- Understand the Nature of the Competition







Be a Part of the Solution -- Reconnect in Present to Appreciate our Past -- Maine Harness Racing Since the 19th Century

-- Bring the Past to Present to Create the Future --
We live in a time where many check on their lives and their relationships with a Smart Phone. Perhaps we need to step back and re-evaluate
the choices that we make as we live each day.

The "All-Heart" Campaign is asking you to consider returning to the grandstands throughout Maine and learn to appreciate the Standardbred Athletes alongwith their reinsmen as they compete for purses on the oval turf.

Maine's harness racing tradition dates back to the 19th century. Many race meets were attended by over 10,000 fans. 
The Balch Stallion Race in Boston during the 1890'sattracted 40,000 fans. 

Take the time to learn more about harness racing.
If interested, contact Laurie MacKenzie by e-mail at allheart717@gmail.com.
Visit the "All-Heart" Campaign on Facebook!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Upon the Death of Hambletonian by Don Daniels

Today Don Daniels posted on Facebook the story surrounding the death of Hambletonian. Don gave me his permission to repost his content to the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Promoting Maine Communities -- Maine Agricultural Fairs --- Maine Harness Racing -- Strout Selected Farm Bargains -- Waterville, Maine -- 1919

This post highlights a promotional flyer produced by Strout Selected Farm Bargains Around Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. Within this promotion, Kennebec County real estate is listed for sale, Kennebec County Agriculture is promoted, the Central Maine Fair is featured, and the image of the harness racing track and grandstand is on the front cover.

Waterville in the Heart of Maine





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Annual Appeal to Support the Activities of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center

Seasons Greetings from Lost Trotting Parks!

This post is part of our end of year annual appeal to raise funds to support the activities of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. Lost Trotting Parks is a Maine registered nonprofit and recognized by the IRS for tax deductible donations. This appeal is asking for donations to support the development of the Lost Trotting Parks Web Site and the production of and printing of storyboards for displays that are set up during presentations and displayed through Maine's Tailgate Museum. 

We are asking for your support to purchase memorabilia that will be scanned and placed into digital storyboards for the Lost Trotting Parks web site. We also need funds to support the printing, mounting and or lamination of storyboards for public displays and presentations. 

The Lost Trotting Parks web sites have been visited by Mainers from 193 Maine communities. This represents more than 150,000 page views. The Lost Trotting Parks Online Museum has also been visited by individuals living in Canada, Ireland, England, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. Through Facebook Lost Trotting Parks has posted more than 10,000 images that are freely distributed to Maine's harness racing community. 

Your financial support is needed and would be greatly appreciated. The following link takes you to the front page of the Lost Trotting Parks web site. At the bottom of this page is a button for donations. Your charitable donations at any level will be greatly appreciated. If you prefer to make your donation by check, please mail your donation to Lost Trotting Parks, P.O. Box 263, Hallowell, Maine 04347

Saturday, November 29, 2014

King William is once again resides in the State of Maine


The 1873 painting of King William by Maine Harness Horseman, George H. Bailey, is now owned by the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. The painting had traveled to an auction house in South Carolina. The painting was also the the front page engraving in J.W. Thompson's book, Noted Maine Horses. The painting will be displayed in secure public building so that the public can learn of the stories of Bailey and Thompson. Please suggest possible locations for a Lost Trotting Parks Display!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Celebrated Midnight Ride of Paul Revere -- On a Narragansett Pacer -- A Breed of Horses that No Longer Exists!


As a child one hears of the celebrated ride of Paul Revere. A newly published biography on Paul Revere present a far more comprehensive view of Paul Revere, the man, the silversmith, and Paul Revere as a patriot.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Searching for the Descendants of Billy Hall -- Harness Racing Driver before World War II

This is a story that starts with a letter from Delvin Miller to Clark Thompson written in 1995. Miller relates to Clark a WWII story of when he was responsible for taking 400 mules to India. While in India Miller met up with Billy Smith, a harness racing driver who often drove horses for a Mrs. Gross from Auburn, Maine. Miller knew Billy from his days at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach. Billy as did Jimmy Jordan drove a horse by the name of Forbes Direct. Miller spent an evening with Billy in India and months later met up with his group known as Merrill's Marauders. He found out that Billy had died of a jungle disease. Why tell this story. Here's the point! While Miller spent the evening with Billy Hall, Billy received a cable from the States telling him that his son had been born. If Billy Hall still has living descendants, this story might just be one they would like to hear.  The following images give context to Billy Hall as a harness racing driver and his death during WWII.              







Two Death Certificates for a William Hall (in India)