The following image is one of the best photos of one of Maine's lost trotting parks. Initially, Mert Hickey provided me with two photocopied images of Merrill Parks taken from the entry way of the park. This photo was taken on the East side of the track within 25 feet of Cobbossee Stream. Last summer we were able to walk to the location of the Grand Stand. We measured the cement posts that served as the base of the grandstand. The structure measured 50 by 30 feet. If you are in possession of vintage images of the old trotting parks or the agricultural fairs, please contact us and discuss the possibility of using your images to help tell the stories of Maine fairs and harness racing. The photos in this post can be found at the Archives Room, Gardiner Public Library, Gardiner, Maine.
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