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Playland Speedway History

NOTE:  Some of these images are HUGE!!  They may take a LONG time to load with a dial-up connection.

These photos and articles were taken from the Nonpareil and World Herald papers and placed in a scrapbook provided by Bob Matson.

Click on text links or pictures for articles:

Various views of the old park

Gasoline alley and track entrance

From Larry Osborn: Dan.. here are 2 pictures I found that shows Playland in 1952. That was the year of the big Missouri River flood. Thought you might think it was interesting.  first picture and  second picture.

Playland resumes racing after construction.

Demolition for I-480 construction

Playland re-opens as a race track only facility

History of Playland with Lee Barron's comments

Historical article on dog track beginnings



Historical articles and items from Frank Vandoorn.

Pre-1970 season article on upcoming changes.  71-art01.jpg (78884 bytes) 

1971 Playland Programs from Larry Osborn

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1972 Articles from Larry Osborn-  The STRIKE YEAR!

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Historical articles and items from Frank Vandoorn.

1974 Mel Sorensen Interview from Sun Newspaper 

Contractor Takes Over Playland Speedway

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Front and back of L&G era flyer. (front) (back)

Playland constructed an 1/8 mile track for 1976 Modified Midgets

 Races cancelled by protests and fights!

Article on local drivers, Kosiski, Martin, Zdan, Chase

Last race at Playland

Last Playland Flyer...   Goodbye and Thanks!

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Article on demolition of Playland (part1) (part2)

Article on Playland reunion held August 12,1995. (part1) (part2)