The York Fairgrounds was not the only such track for harness racing in York County, Pa. This track, north of Shrewsbury, closed about 100 years ago. But in its day, it was a coming-together place for that part of southern York County. Harness racing continues at the York Fairgrounds – York Expo Center – oval to this day. Also of interest: Tour de York? Wheelmen raced around York Fair’s track.
A Facebook friend, Jeff Rohrbaugh, asked some questions about York County’s past that I didn’t immediately know.
“Did you ever see any pics of the Shrewsbury Race Track?” he wrote. “Also, any information as to the exact location?”
I turned to Bob Ketenheim’s “Around Shrewsbury” for answers. And there they were.
Three photos of the track, with caption information about the old raceway north of Shrewsbury.
It’s not surprising that there’d be interest in an old horse racing track. Hanover Shoe Farms became world renowned in producing standardbreds about a decade after the Shrewsbury track closed.
Horse farms and breeding operations have dotted southern York County for years. For example, Pin Oak Farm produced 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee. Smarty Jones has spent time in York County.
So here are two more photos of the Shrewsbury Trotting and Driving Association’s track … .
The track opened in 1903. It operated on the west side of North Main Street, near the present site of the Assembly of God Church.
The track was so long that an infield provided room for baseball, picnicking and – this is interesting – a shooting range. It’s not exactly know why the Shrewsbury Trotting and Driving Association – and its track – folded. ‘Some sources cite a fatal accident on the track and the resulting decline in enthusiasm for the sport,’ Ketenheim wrote.
Also of interest:
– These YorkTownSquare posts refer to Bob Ketenheim’s books.