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Houlton’s Second Lost Trotting Park – 1877

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Throughout the years Houlton, Maine supported three trotting parks — The earliest near North Street, the second off Park Street, and the third off Randall Avenue. I was told that the third track closed in the early 1960s. Today this land is used for the Houlton Agricultural Fair and the baseball/softball fields by Houlton High School. (On…

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Creating Harness Racing’s Greater Events — A Destination Resort with Horse Park & Inter-Generational Living Community

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Several years ago I published a digital publication titled, S. Dexter’s Maine Spirit of the Turf. I published eight issues totaling more than 400 pages. In many of the issues I included a column, Outside the Oval. The purpose of this column was to share ideas that did not come from long time members of the harness racing…

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Fund Raising Appeal for Lost Trotting Parks — Funds for 2018 Activities

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This year will be a critical year for the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. Each year fund raising becomes more difficult and 2017 may be the last year individuals can take tax deductions for their charitable contributions. Lost Trotting Parks has been fortunate for its contributions from Lost Trotting Parks Directors, the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, the…

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Maine Fair Racing 1945 through 1947 — New Gloucester — Gorham — Darmascotta — Bangor — Cornish

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The history of harness or perhaps any sport generally features star performers, extraordinary events, and locations that hold wonderful memories. Our star performers are the record setting Standardbreds — their drivers and owners. The storyboards presented in this post feature the race cards from five Maine fairs held from 1945 to 1947. Hopefully we can find the…

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