Harness racing at the Bass Park, Bangor, ca. 1915

Contributed by Bangor Public Library


Harness racing in Bangor began at the Bangor Trotting Park (located on the Bangor Public Works site as of 2016), as a mile track in 1851. The Bangor Trotting Park was unusual because it was not owned by an agricultural society, but by horse owners and breeders.

Bass Park raceway was begun in 1883, about half a mile closer to Bangor, on land owned by Joseph P. Bass. The park was originally called Maplewood Park, after a nearby hotel. On the death of Joseph P. Bass in 1919 and following a bequest to the City of Bangor 1932, the park was renamed Bass Park. As of 2016, harness racing is still the primary activity of the track.

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  • Title: Harness racing at the Bass Park, Bangor, ca. 1915
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Photoprint
  • Dimensions: 12.8 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Collection: BHS Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
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