Photographs of the Racetrack

Dublin Core

Title

Photographs of the Racetrack

Subject

Recreation
Racetrack
Photo File: Recreation
Decatur IL
1898

Description

The first photo was taken August 23rd, 1898 at the George A. Keller racetrack located just north of Garfield Ave. and between the I.T.S. tracks and the Illinois Central R.R. tracks. The track was closed in 1908 when local option hit Decatur and reopened in 1910. Then a cyclone damaged the grand stand and eventually the buildings were torn out and fences removed. In 1916 Keller sold the land to the Comet Automobile Co. who constructed their factory there in 1917. Comet Automobile Co. sold out to L.P. Halladay Co. in 1924. In 1928 the Halladay Co. and the Biflex Corp. merged and Biflex Corp. took control. In 1935 the Biflex Corp. was purchased by the Oakes Products Co., a division of the Houdaille-Hershey Corp.
The second photograph was taken at an unknown date and location.

Creator

Herald and Review
J.K. Stafford

Source

Photo File: Recreation

Publisher

Herald and Review
Decatur Public Library, Decatur IL

Date

1898

Contributor

Herald and Review
Mr. and Mrs. Jack French

Rights

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Relation

none

Format

.jpg
60 dpi

Language

English

Type

Photograph

Identifier

RC102
RC139

Coverage

Recreation, Racetracks, Photo File: Recreation, Decatur IL, 1898

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

8.5 x 10.5"
4 x 5"

Files

RC102-Race Track_G Keller_1898_N of Garfield__150.jpg
RC139-horses racing 001.jpg

Citation

Herald and Review J.K. Stafford , “Photographs of the Racetrack,” Decatur Public Library Local History Photo Collection, accessed April 1, 2020, http://omeka.decaturlibrary.org/items/show/3728.