The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lost Trotting Parks on Facebook

If you love harness racing, horses, agricultural fairs, and people who work hard, check out the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center's Facebook Page. Photo Albums from Topsham Fair, Skowhegan Fair, Union Fair and Windsor Fair!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 1887 -- Trotting in Norridgewock and West Camden & More

Maine's Agricultural Fair Harness Racing Moves to Union -- North Knox County Fair 1877

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Selected Committee Member and Trustees
of the North Knox Agricultural and Horticultural Society -- 1877

Horse Committee
Augustus Vaughan, Union
J.F. Bryant, Washington
E.A. Payson, Hope
Charles Burkett, Appleton
E.C. Andrews, Warren

Carriage and Harness Committee
Williston Grinnell, Washington,

Cyrus Dunbar, Hope
H.N. Titus, Appleton
James Dunbar, Washington
O.A. Burkett, Union

Athletic Sports
John A. Gleason, Union
George Danforth, Washington
H.H. Payson, Hope
M.R. Simmons, Appleton
Leander Robinson, Warren

N.K. Burkett
A.D. Wiley
H. McCurdy
A.M. Crabtree
Samuel Thomas
Treasurer, Silas Hawes
Nathaniel Alford, President
William Gleason, Secretary

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Nelson 4209 at Mystic Park -- Maine Agricultural Fairs -- Trotting Results for 1887

Check out the harness racing results at Maine's Agricultural Fairs in 1887
The Franklin County Fair
The West Oxford Fair in Fryeburg
Trotting at Skowhegan
Trotting at Norridgewock
Trotting at Monroe
Trotting at Belfast
Kennebec County Fair, Readfield
Trotting at the Oxford Fairgrounds
Trotting at Unity
Trotting at Brookside Park, Albion
Trotting at West Cumberland
Trotting at Cornish
Trotting at Exeter

Check out the Performances of Aubine and Nelson at Mystic Park, Bedford, Massachusetts!

Monday, August 12, 2013

19th Century Transportation -- Central Maine Railroad and Steamboat Schedule

In the 19th century transportation was by foot, by horse, by rail, and by water. Horsemen who competed throughout Maine, New Brunswick and across the United States would travel by rail and by water. Nelson took his champion stallion Nelson 4209 to St. John, New Brunswick perhaps by water or by train. When Nelson and his horse were banned from National Trotting Association tracks, Nelson took his horse west. This travel was done by rail. Nelson rented or owned a horse car that he used for travel by train. It is said that he would sleep in the same car with his horse. Nelson 4209's final exhibition was in Eastport, Maine at McFaul Park. 

When harness racing meets were held at McFaul Park, folks from Calais would take the steamboat up to Eastport for the races and then return. 

When steamboats would land at port, stage coaches would be at hand to take passenger inland to their final destinations.