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Bowling Green Speedway: Midget cars bottomed out on opening day at old racetrack

Linked in/Neat stuff: Playland skating rink/Camp Betty Washington
Bowling Green Speedway, Opening day - 1952. Submitted
Codorus Township is so quiet today that it’s hard to believe that that hundreds and hundreds of people would go to this remote part of York County to see auto racing on weekends. But that happened in 1952, as the opening day photo attests. That day was noteworthy, at least if you were a midget driver.  The June issue of ‘Codorus Valley Chronicles’ where this photo appeared, says that owners did not put clay on the dirt track – carved out of a field – and the small cars bottomed out and hung up to their frames. ‘The show was a disaster as far as midgets were concerned,’ ‘Chronicles’ reported. The newsletter, published by the Codorus Valley Historical Society, has a detailed article on the long-closed track, previewing a 7 p.m., July 8, presentation on the track. The group meets at the Jefferson Borough building. Also of interest:  Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Flower power


The flower garden at Foundry Park in York is now fully planted. Check it out: Gear flowers.

Camp Betty Washington: This former camp of St. John’s Episcopal Church is the topic of a Facebook page.  Winding Camp Betty is an interesting road, so it’s great it’s being explored.


Cliff Satterthwaite sent in this drawing with the the notation: ‘Just happened on this Music Lady of Playland Skating Rink.’ He added: ‘One could almost get the feel of the waltzing skaters as they Float around with the organ.’ Also of interest: More on Playland.


150th anniversary: Check out this Media Center photo gallery of the Monocacy Battlefield in Maryland, where the 87th Pennsylvania played a role. That Civil War unit was made up of many York/Adams soldiers.

History mystery: While on the topic of the Civil War, feel free to participate in this one by commenting, sharing or liking.