Anyone who has spent a Friday evening down at Portland Meadows Race Track during the summer season, likely knows the thrill of horse racing. I had no idea until a few years ago when I did an Estate Sale for a gentleman whose family actually sold a large chunk of homestead land down on Schmeer Rd to help create Portland Meadows back in the 1940s. He grew up on the race track, and in the last few years has again been bitten by the Horse bug – now owning 2 race horses. He invited me out this past summer to check out the track, and I am so glad I went!
Built in 1945, and closed by the historic Vanport floods of 1948, Portland Meadows has been a fixture in North Portland since it was reopened in the mid 1950s. It was remodeled in the early 2000s, and now displays a large collection of historical photos that are worth checking out between races!
You can even go into the warm up pen before the race to watch the horses prepare for the thrilling, albeit brief dash to victory. Plus, during the summer runs, you can get an ice cold beer for $1. Can’t really beat that on a hot summer night.
At some point last year, I was very lucky to have acquired a large collection of Winner circle photos from Portland Meadows, Longacres & the Oregon State Fair races that span in time from the late 1940s (just before the floods) and into the early 1960s. I’ve been hoarding them ever since, and recently decided it’s time to share them with the public.
The collection of approx 8″ x 10″ black & white pictures include snaps from the finish line, and the horse in the Winners circle with owners, trainers & jockeys. Fantastic images for their nostalgic feel as well as their historical value to anyone interested in North Portland history, and horse racing memorabilia in general. Most images have detailed information on all of the who’s who as well as race times & other remarks. The overall feel of many of these photos is incredibly enchanting, with some incredibly beautiful horses, character filled jockeys, and unique owners & families that will transport you back in time.
I’ll have about 30 unique photographs, some in paper frames, some unframed ranging in price from about $10 – $25, available for you to view when the shop reopens this Wednesday 2/20. Come by and check them out when you are in Kenton.