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Douglas Park Racetrack

 
 
Douglas Park Racetrack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
1. Douglas Park Racetrack Marker
Inscription.  Developed and owned by Col. Jim Douglas, it opened in 1895 as a trotting track. Directly competed with Churchill Downs after 1906, when it changed to a Thoroughbred racing venue. Track drew national praise, from 1912-18, as home of the renowned Kentucky Handicap. In 1919, became part of Kentucky Jockey Club and was controlled by Churchill Downs. Closed in 1958.
 
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2336.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 10.758′ N, 85° 45.879′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Southside Drive (State Road 1020) and West Kenwood Way, on the left when traveling south on Southside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40214, 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. Naval Ordinance Plant / Naval Ordinance Station, "Gunsmith to the Navy" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Southern Parkway / Iroquois Park
Douglas Park Racetrack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
2. Douglas Park Racetrack Marker
Looking east across Southside Drive.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); The Little Loomhouse / Happy Birthday to You (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ruff Memorial Wheelmen's Bench / Cycle Carnival 1897 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Iroquois Amphitheater / Works Progress Admin., 1935-1943 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kenwood Drive-In (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roscoe Goose House / Golden Goose, 1891-1971 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tom Moore Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Douglas Park Racetrack. From Kentucky Historical Society's Explore KY History project. (Submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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