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Dover Downs

 
 
Dover Downs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
1. Dover Downs Marker
Inscription.  Dover Downs began as a dual-purpose racing facility that featured a five-eights' mile dirt horse racing track built within the larger one mile race track of Dover International Speedway. Gov. David P. Buckson, Lt. Gov. John W. Rollins, and Melvin L. Joseph began jointly developing the facility on the former Thomas Murray farm in August 1967. The first harness racing card was held on November 19, 1969. Thoroughbreds also raced at Dover from 1969-1974. In 1995, Dover Downs expanded to include video lottery machines and in 2002, a hotel and conference center were also added to the complex.
 
Erected 2019 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-129.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentSports. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1967.
 
Location. 39° 11.172′ N, 75° 32.154′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of North Dupont Highway (U.S. 13) and Entrance to Dover
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Downs on North Dupont Highway. The marker is on the right on a grass plot as you enter the grounds of Dover Downs. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loockerman Hall (approx. half a mile away); Delaware State College High School (approx. half a mile away); Dupont School (approx. half a mile away); Dover International Speedway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dover (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lakeside Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Former Site of ILC Dover (approx. 1˝ miles away); Wesley College (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Dover Downs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
2. Dover Downs Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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