first_imgDade Park opened on October 19, 1922 on what had been 210 acres of uncultivated river bottom land. The project was promoted by the Green River Jockey Club, which named the park in honor of one of its organizers, A. B. “Barrett” Dade. A capacity crowd exceeding 4,000 spectators jammed into the grandstand to view “the world’s greatest light harness horses.” Pictured here is the world champion trotter Peter Manning racing around the track two days after it opened. Despite its popularity, the racetrack soon went bankrupt; it was purchased by James C. Ellis, after whom it was named in 1954.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming WEDNESDAY?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-CountyFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img


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