I am working on an upcoming blog post and could use your help. Do any of you have any information or memories about the area known around Monongahela as the “Race Track” aka Armstrong Field? Currently located there is a soccer field, a softball field and on the southern end is Cox’s arena.
Here is a link to a great article in the Union-Finley Messenger with information about the Cox arena and Armstrong Park. To summarize the article:
- In 1874 the Monongahela Valley Agricultural Association purchased the 25 acre plot known as the “Driving Park”. The association sponsored fairs featuring horse racing.
- Later, the “Monongahela Driving Park Association” sponsored harness racing. Betting was allowed and thousands attended.
- Later the area became known as the “Monongahela Speedway” as harness racing gave way to automobile racing. In 1936 “Deb Miller drove a Miller Special at an average speed of over 70 miles per hour which broke all records at that time for dirt track racing.”
- During World War II victory gardens were planted there.
- Shane and Kate Cox currently sponsor equestrian events most weekends throughout the summer. You can contact Shane and Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
I found a few old newspaper articles that mention this area and I’ll post a few stories this week.