Race Track (52)

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Race Track
Former names Wooster Driving Park
General information
Location Wayne County Fairgrounds
Town or city Wooster, Ohio
Country United States
Groundbreaking 1886
Completed October 1886
Circumference half-mile

Comprehensive History[edit | edit source]

The first structure ever built on the Wayne County Fairgrounds was the half-mile horse racetrack in October of 1886.[1]

Owners[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • August 1886 paper circulated to form a horse driving park association: 78 people signed-up for stock in association at $5 a share.[2]
  • September 1886 Wooster Driving Park Association formed, appointed officers, and 22-acres leased at the intersection of W. Liberty and W. Larwill streets, land surveyed.[3]
  • September 1886 decision to merge the Driving Park Association into an Agricultural Society and the next instantiation of the Wayne County Agricultural Society was born.[4]
  • October 1886 the half-mile racetrack constructed.
  • November 5, 1886 the first race ever held on the new racetrack was conducted between the city's expressmen for a prize of a whip.

Photos[edit | edit source]

Newspaper articles[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wooster Republican, 1886-NOV-11 p.2
  2. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1886-AUG-19 p.3
  3. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1886-SEP-9 p.1
  4. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1886-SEP-9