Raceland in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Town’s name was changed from Chinnville to Raceland circa 1924. The track’s 350-acre complex, complete with 22 stables, a rail spur, and its own jail, was built by J. O. Keene, who later build Keeneland in Lexington. Last season of racing was 1928. Track was sold and torn down in 1937.
Erected 2004 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, and Friends of Raceland. (Marker Number 2143.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 38° 32.529′ N, 82° 44.822′ W. Marker is in Raceland, Kentucky, in Greenup County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Russell KY 41169, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caroline Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Swigert (approx. 1.8 miles away); Steam Furnace / Iron made in Kentucky (approx. 2.1 miles away); McConnell House Complex (approx. 2.3 miles away); John M. McConnell House (approx. 2.4 miles away); City of Ironton (approx. 3.2 miles away in Ohio); John Campbell Memorial Home (approx. 3.4 miles away in Ohio); Lawrence County Viet-Nam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away in Ohio).
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “During its heyday, Raceland was known as the ‘Million Dollar Oval’ because of its ornate appearance. The 1½-mile-long track was circled by a white fence of wood and iron, as well as rambling roses. The bridle paths and the front lawn were paved in red tapestry brick matching the club house, stewards’ stand and judge’s stand. The infield of the track contained a lake and several sunken gardens. Financial difficulties forced the closure of the Raceland track in 1928.” (Submitted on November 16, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.