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Vintage Post Card Greetings from Louisville

The Louisville Jockey Club, early 1900s
"Grand Stand of Louisville Jockey Club, Louisville, Ky. " 
Post Card Mailed in 1909

This view illustrates why Churchill Downs was originally known officially as the "Louisville Jockey Club and Driving Park Association."  Besides races, the grounds were also meant as a place for carriages and picnics.  Here in the present-day infield is what appears to be a Victorian Tail-gate party.

Early on, you could find a number of events at the Downs, including auto racing, balloon ascensions, air shows, concerts and steeplechases, as well as one occasion when the state fair was held here, the main attraction being the collision of two locomotives.

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Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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