Details for Site of Arlington Downs Racetrack (Atlas Number 5439004724)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5439004724


Marker Number 4724
Atlas Number 5439004724
Marker Title Site of Arlington Downs Racetrack
Index Entry Arlington Downs Racetrack
Address 2225 East Randol Mill Rd.
City Arlington
County Tarrant
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 680453
UTM Northing 3625032
Subject Codes animals; parks
Marker Year 1978
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Wealthy rancher and oilman W. T. Waggoner (1852-1934) developed a stable of fine Thoroughbreds and quarter horses at his ranch here in the 1920s. At this site he built Arlington Downs, a one-and-one quarter mile race track with a 6,000-seat grandstand. Racing days drew thousands of spectators including numerous celebrities. Waggoner and his sons Guy (1883-1950) and Paul (1889-1967) campaigned for pari-mutuel betting, which was legalized in Texas from 1934 to 1937. The Racetrack was used for rodeos and other events before the buildings were razed in 1958. (1978)