Less than a mile from downtown Bridgeton, NJ, west of Fayette St, lies this overgrown race track of some sort.

No where on the internet could I find anything to identify it. Perhaps an email to a city official can shed some light on what this place was.

http://www.cityofbridgeton.com/
View in Google Earth Categories: Unknown, Raceways - Car
By: AKpilotEMT
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milwhcky picture
@ 2010-03-12 06:05:39
Possibly the old Garden State Fairgrounds track used from 1911-1936.
http://www.autoracingrecords.com/arr/tracks.php?lid=35839
I'll research it this weekend.
AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2010-03-12 10:50:45
Maybe but a Google search for that exact phrase turns up 1 listing, now 2 with this VG entry. I spent about an hour using all sorts of keywords and came up blank. That's got to be it, though.

I wonder when that property was last used. Something that fascinates me is that is has not been bulldozed and built upon with a new, shiny, soulless suburban sprawldivision . . . not yet.
AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2010-03-12 10:59:12
There's a small parking area on Fayette St so this now might be an unofficial city park for walking/jogging.
milwhcky picture
@ 2010-03-12 11:32:30
The Cumberland County Fair web site mentions the fair was held at a location on Fayette Street from the 1890's to 1968. My previous link mentions that the track was located at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. It's likely the track was also used for horse racing, as was common for fairground tracks in the early 1900's.
http://www.cumberlandcofair.com/history.html
Parabellum picture
@ 2010-03-12 13:15:49
USGS topo map shows the oval as a double dashed line, but does not label it.
AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2010-03-12 13:19:30
Yup, the Topo is one of the places I checked. Looks like there was a big mental hospital not too far to the west. Long since gone.

Anyway, good work, milwhcky. Formerly the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. I'm still amazed it hasn't been turned into a subdivision.
milwhcky picture
@ 2010-03-12 17:03:41
No problem... thanks for posting it.

I dug a little further after getting home from work. The fairgrounds went by three names over the years - Cumberland County, Garden State, and Bridgeton Fairgrounds. The South Jersey Motor Club held the earliest events at the track.
coolhawks88 picture
@ 2010-03-19 10:01:07
My Nan Has a Series of Photocroms of the race track from The summer 1920.
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Anonymous
@ 2014-10-01 19:00:42
this is the Bridgeton fairgrounds..
there used to be a fair every year until the 70's track was always there and was not overgrown in the 70's
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