The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aerial Photos from the late 1930's of the Lost Trotting Parks of Central Aroostook

On Friday I drove to Aroostook County. In Presque Isle, I met with Benji Lynch at the offices
of the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. Benji located the towns with trotting parks. I greatly appreciated his help.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ice Racing on Pleasant Pond -- 1949

In August of this year, Libby and I stopped by
 the Fat Toad Pub in Farmingdale for a sandwich.
As I sat at the table I looked to the left and
this image was in a frame on the wall. Today I
dropped by and Brenda Sawyer permitted me
to take the picture home for a quick scan. As 
she put it, "You're got a 30 minute window!"

We were served great sandwiches and fries.
Check it out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

1892 Topo Map with Merrill's Park -- West Gardiner

Our Third Trip to the Former Location or Merrill's Park, West Gardiner, Maine

Yesterday I noticed that Vernon Packard from West Gardiner called. Vernon owns the property where Merrill's Park, also known as Meadow Park, was located. Merrill's Park was a trotting park that dates back to the early 1900's and perhaps the late 1800's. We had walked the property twice before trying to find the cement posts that once held the grandstand. Last year even with GPS coordinates we could not locate the cement footings. However, a woman walking her dog found the location and told Vernon of her discovery. Vernon
gave her some surveyor's tape. She returned to the area and marked the location. We measured the distance between footings. The grandstand was approximately 50 feet in length with a depth of 30 feet. Peter Stoyell, who helped me search for the footings last year, joined us for the walk and help with the measurements between the footings. Appreciation is extended to Vernon Packard for helping us with our research.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

MSBOA 1977

Do the bloodlines of these horses still exist?
Are there horses in these bloodlines racing today?

Go to the Companion Blog
See if you can match this list to the pictures!

At the Paddocks -- Scarborough Downs -- September 11, 2011

Appreciation is extended to Susan Higgins and Diann Perkins
 for providing me access to the paddocks to take photographs
 before the races on 9/11/2011.

From the Club House Scarborough Downs -- September 11, 2011

The Seventh Race -- Maine Standardbred Breeders' Stake -- 2-Year Old Colts & Geldings Final -- Scarborough Downs September 11, 2011

Scarborough Downs Since 1950
US Route One, Scarborough, Maine
or Exit 42, Maine Turnpike

The Seventh Race -- Start to Finish -- Scarborough Downs

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lost Trotting Parks Quiz Contest

Print the quiz, complete, and mail to
LTP Quiz, P.O. Box 263, Hallowell, ME 04347
At the end of October, I'll correct the quizzes.
Those with 21 or more correct answers will be
entered into a drawing for a free T-Shirt from
the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center.
Five T-Shirts for Five Winners!
Be sure to include your shipping address.

A Visit to A Maine Horse Farm

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dairy & Beef Cattle at Windsor Fair -- 2011

Harness Racing at Windsor Fair -- 2001

Senator Earle L. McCormick from West Gardiner
 takes a ride in the start car with Roger Smith.

The Old Grey Mare -- Probably was not Lady Suffolk

I browsed the Internet to find the lyrics to the song,, "The Old Grey Mare." From what I had read, Lady Suffolk was the inspiration for the song. The Old Grey Mares website tells a slightly different story.

Today Dana DeVos and I made a trip to Hatch Hill in
Augusta. Along the way,  we passed by the property
once owned by George Robinson and a trotting park
 known as Central Park.  This slideshow  provides
images of the lay of the land. The land still reveals one
 of Central Park's turns. From today's walk of the land
 it appears that the length of  the half-mile track ran
 along Route 105 -- a road once know as the South
 Belfast Road.