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     September 9, 2019      #1D-252 SsK
 
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Kankakee's unique 'kite-shaped' racetrack 

By Jack Klasey
Looking Back


Flying a kite is one of the treasured rituals of childhood.

But what about “driving a kite”?

That’s what Kankakee horse and buggy owners were urged to do in June 1890. The Kankakee Driving Park Association asked them to help prepare the surface of a unique, “kite-shaped” racetrack for its first racing season. “Our citizens are especially urged to drive upon it, as this will pack the surface more effectually than rolling and dragging,” noted an article in the Kankakee Weekly Gazette.

By Jack Klasey
Looking Back


Flying a kite is one of the treasured rituals of childhood.

But what about “driving a kite”?

That’s what Kankakee horse and buggy owners were urged to do in June 1890. The Kankakee Driving Park Association asked them to help prepare the surface of a unique, “kite-shaped” racetrack for its first racing season. “Our citizens are especially urged to drive upon it, as this will pack the surface more effectually than rolling and dragging,” noted an article in the Kankakee Weekly Gazette.

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