Where in Branford?

This is odd-looking, huh?

Do you have an obscure photo of something in town? Share it with me (nicole.ball@patch.com) and perhaps it will become the next Where in Branford photo hunt.

Steve from SAAC September 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Stone pillar next to the Tilcon railroad crossing on Gould Lane?
SolarPete September 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I agree was to an old gate at one time
Nicole Ball September 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
OK... So Steve wins! Please e-mail me your physical address! Congrats! nicole.ball@patch.com But... does anyone know how long this has been there and if there's a purpose to the stacked rocks?
Alana Joli Abbott September 18, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Nicole, sounds like a history stumper! If no one knows, we can put this one in the queue for TW5MS! :)
Steve from SAAC September 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Thanks Nicole--I will email my address. I think those tracks have been there for an awfully long time, so I suspect the stone pillar as well. SolarPete must know some background about it. I was talking with someone from down in the Stony Creek area who told me that people from the Stony Creek/Pine Orchard would walk the tracks up to the “Race Track” (shown on one of the Shoreline Trolley Museum pages—near the top of this one: http://www.bera.org/articles/bery100p3.html) to watch the horse races there. The oval-shaped “Race Track” as shown on that map, I believe is the flat industrial park area that’s roughly behind where Planet Fitness and All Pets Club are located, going back toward the highway. So anyway, I took it to mean that there must’ve been tracks there going back to the 1800s. Incidentally, the first auto race ever held in the United States may have been held on that very same Branford race track, judging by this July 1900 New York Times article: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F00A11F93A5F1B738DDDAF0A94DF405B808CF1D3 Note that “Branford Park” is listed under “inactive” on this historic New England race tracks reference page: http://yankeeracer.com/tracks/


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