Laurel Speedway in the 1920s [Pictures]
Long before there was a Patuxent Greens Golf Course or Stewart Towers high rise building, a mammoth oval race track occupied that area of land off Route 197, near Route 198. Horse racing at Laurel Park racetrack had been ongoing since 1911, but in 1924 an idea was pitched to the public to construct the Baltimore-Washington Speedway, a new wooden track for auto racing. Read about the speedway here.
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Laurel Speedway in the 1920s
Indianapolis 500 winner Ralph DePalma roars across the boards at Laurel Speedway at 125 miles an hour. DePalma was the uncle of Peter DePaolo in this 1920s photo by Joseph Tenschert, who was then White House photographer.