'm hoping somebody may fill in this missing gap.
Formerly (1966-79) located in East St. Louis, Missouri
Some type of facility had its beginnings in 1892:
"race-horse track was constructed in 1892 at the intersection of the
Southern Railroad and the Illinois Central Railroad south of 8th and Piggot
Avenue. So successful were the races, that the meet continued through the
winter months. The grandstand and betting ring were enclosed in glass and
heated by coal stoves."www.riverweb.uiuc.edu/IBEX/guidebook/early_history.htm
the following for 1954:
The village of Alcoa is incorporated. Its name will be later changed to
Alorton. which is a contraction of Aluminum Ore Town. At the time, the
village only had a population of about 2,000 residents. Most of the people
living there moved in from East St. Louis. In 1954, the placed doubled its
size when it annexed a two-mile square tract which included Cahokia Downs
I saw another reference which said the facility was built in the 20's.
Cahokia Downs with the chute opened for a 30-day meet of harness racing in
1957 (have the Harness Horse articles and some photo's). [Ed Keller was the
GM in 1957] Ted Ketchum converted the T-Bred surface to a S-Bred surface.
There is NOT, however any reference to Cahokia in my 1958 archives.
The next references I have are from the USTA Trotting and Pacing Guides
which list the track as "reopened in 1966" and is the Cahokia most people
knew, shutting down in 1979.
Anybody have a clue what happened between 1958 & 1966?
At least for harness racing!