The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today's View -- An Early Morning at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach

Copyright 2012 -- Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center

In 2010 I visited the location of the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach. The track was last used for harness racing around 1950. The State of Maine now owns the land as a wildlife preserve. With the natural outlets to the land cut off, the kite track, once home to grand circuit racing, is now a marsh. You can walk through the woods and find the cement post that once support the grandstand. Now one can only remember! Built in 1892 as the Breeders' Mile Track, the horse Nelson once attempted to set a world's trotting record. If you look closely at aerial views of the property you can still see the outline of the track.

Images Courtesy of the Harmon Museum, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Aerial View of the Kite Track

The Home Stretch
Images Courtesy of Glenn Gibbons

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