Annapolis in Parke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Few race tracks in America possessed the renown, mystique, and sense of awe as Jungle Park Speedway. Carved from the dense Indiana woods in 1926, by Earl Padgett, the half mile track soon became a hotbed for Midwest racing, attracting drivers that would become icons of the sport. Indianapolis 500 winners, Mauri Rose, Wilbur Shaw, George Robson, and Bill Holland competed here, as did notables like Dutch Baumann, Tony Bettenhausen, Bob Carey, and Duke Nalon.
After WWII, Jungle Park racing resumed at a frenetic pace under new Owners Ralph Jordan and Lawrence Woody. Cliff Griffith won an amazing nine features, as fans by the thousands flocked to the picturesque Parke County track. Racing ceased at Jungle Park in the mid-1960's, and ownership changed hands when Charles Sentman purchased it in 1971. Today the Sentman family remains the caretakers of this historic facility, preserving its legacy for generations to come.
Erected by Indiana Racing Memorial Association, a State of Indiana Bicentennial Project.
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Location. 39° 53.2′ N, 87° 13.85′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Indiana, in Parke County. Marker is on U.S. 41 half a mile north of Rolling Creek Road (County Road 277), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8449 US-41, Bloomingdale IN 47832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Turkey Run (approx. 1.6 miles away); Boyhood home of J. G. "Uncle Joe" Cannon. (approx. 2.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Station (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dennis Hall (approx. 4 miles away); Winning School of Parke County Indiana (approx. 4.1 miles away); Tangier High School Bell (approx. 5.3 miles away); First Church Built in Parke County 1828 (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
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