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Catamount Stadium

 
 
Catamount Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2018
1. Catamount Stadium Marker
Side A
Inscription.  The 1960s through the 1980s were an exciting time for racing fans in Chittenden County. In 1964, a plan was made to build a paved 1/3-mile NASCAR-sanctioned oval track in Milton. The newly built I-89 allowed easy access for traveling racers and fans. Those involved in building the new track and stadium were WDEV radio station owner and announcer Ken Squier, Jack Dubrul, Ray and Reginald Cooley, Gordon Fitzgerald and Milton resident John Campbell.

Catamount Stadium held its inaugural races on June 11, 1965 with 4,500 people attending. Throughout its existence, the track was heralded for the quality of its racing, by spectators and competitors alike.

Catamount Stadium gained attention near and far with hometown heroes Bobby and Harmon “Beaver” Dragon and competitors from across the Northeast and Canada. Quebec’s Jean Paul Cabana won the track’s inaugural main event driving a sportsman coupe on June 11, 1965. He also won the final major event, the American-Canadian Tour’s “New England 300,” on September 27, 1987. National racers Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, and Tiny
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Lund also made appearances here.

Catamount Stadium closed in 1987, but its memories, friendships, and influence remain alive in the Milton community as well as the hearts and spirit of many.
 
Erected 2018 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsRoads & VehiclesSports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1965.
 
Location. 44° 36.112′ N, 73° 9.704′ W. Marker is in Milton, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 7 and Catamount Drive, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 7. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton VT 05468, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Jerrison Stannard / Deming-Stannard Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Milton Speedway (approx. 2 miles away); Ray W. Collins (approx. 2.9 miles away); Colchester (approx. 4 miles away); Samuel De Champlain (approx. 4.7 miles away); Grand Isle 9/11 Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers At Fort Ethan Allen (approx. 6.7 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Ethan Allen (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Also see . . .  My Champlain Valley - Catamount Stadium.
Catamount Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2018
2. Catamount Stadium Marker
Side B
(Submitted on August 6, 2018, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
 
Wideview of Catamount Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2018
3. Wideview of Catamount Stadium Marker
Google Earth screenshot of Catamount Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2018
4. Google Earth screenshot of Catamount Stadium Marker
The location of the oval race track can still be seen NW of marker in this 2018 Google Earth image (circled in red).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2018, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.

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