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Historic Track

The Historic Track is a half-mile (900 m) harness racing track in Goshen, New York. It was opened in 1838 and has been in operation ever since, the oldest continuously operated horse racing track in North America.[1].

Informal horse races had been held along neighboring Main Street (now part of NY 207) since the 1750s. The current track site was first used in 1838 when a ⅓-mile (530 m) circle around a circus ground near the south end of the track was cleared and prepared for regular racing. Later it would be succeeded by an oval track perpendicular to the current one, then a long square track around the whole site, until the current track was built in 1873.[2]

File:Historic Track mural in Goshen post office.jpg
Mural of track in Goshen post office

Today the track operates a limited but intense season for one week every summer, between June 30 and July 4.[1] It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places later in the same year, when the National Register was created.[3][4]

It is a contributing property to the Church Park Historic District. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame (run by a separate organization) is located nearby.

The Goshen Central High School holds its annual graduation ceremony each June in front of the Historic Track grandstands.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goshen Historic TrackPDF (20.3 KB), retrieved from ustrotting.com July 23, 2007.
  2. Interpretive panel near track entrance, visited July 25, 2007.
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nhlsum
  4. Richard Greenwood (December 9, 1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Historic TrackPDF (250 KB). National Park Service 


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