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Within the winter of 1950, a brand new enterprise introduced that it will convey a brand new attraction to the Pikes Peak area. A plan that was being developed in lots of communities everywhere in the nation. A plot of land simply off the north finish of outdated Nichols Airfield was bought which might be the location of a grand area. Martin J. Murphy, president of the Rocky Mountain Kennel Membership, stated that this could be a grand spot for his or her canine racing observe.

The airfield was now not getting used and the realm was up for growth. A spot proper subsequent to the freeway to Denver was superb. On the similar time tracks in Pueblo and Denver would add to a circuit for visiting greyhound race groups.

There have been already a pair tracks within the northern a part of the state, Wyoming and different neighboring states. Contracts for grading and stadium building quickly adopted buy of the land, and approval from the gaming fee and the town. Plans for the opening can be mid summer time relying upon completion of the development. One concession to native exercise was the there can be no races in the course of the time of the rodeo.

The opening went effectively, and the nationwide craze of canine racing had established itself on this space. The summer time and fall nights on the canine observe had been well-liked besides to the residents within the new neighborhood round Cragmoor.

When the observe opened the one shut residences had been just a few alongside the North Nevada strip, primarily motels. A number of households lived alongside the highway, too. As years went on extra houses appeared north and east within the space that had as soon as been coal mines. Through the years the thrill died off and the observe has been largely silent for a few years. Plans for some kind of use haven’t labored out effectively.

E.M. “Mel” McFarland is an artist, historian and railroad fanatic. He’s a Pikes Peak area native and has written a handful of books and guides highlighting the realm’s wealthy historical past. Contact Mel at

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