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1947 - Hialeah Race Track
1947 Courtesy of George W. Young

1947 - Hialeah Race Track

Hialeah Park, Hialeah, Florida


View from the east, with E. 25th Street (NW 79th Street in Dade) meeting E. 4th Avenue (Flamingo Way) in the bottom left corner. The horse barns (destroyed in 2006/7) are clearly visible above the course with Palm Avenue bordering the western property line of the race track.


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Ted Sever 03-Aug-2010 03:06
Ted Sever
Our family lived at 42 W 26th St in the oldest house in Hialeah. The house was orig
inally at 2550 Palm Ave and my dad had it moved around on 26th St after the track
opened after the war. The house was placed on what had been the floor of the milk
ing barn for the Curtis-Bright Dairy. Our front door opened btw what had been the
bases of two silos. They became the neighborhood swimming pools in the summer.
We parked cars on the proberty which went from Palm Ave to 1st Ave and from 26th
St thru to 25th St. I learned to drive on the parking lot when I was 9 years old in an
old 1939 Hudson Teraplane. I think all the neighborhood kids got to drive that car.
I went to Hialeah City Hall and no one there knew of the oldest house in Hialeah nor
did they seem to care. I speak a little Spanish so I was able to converse. We were
great friends of the Brickman's and grew up together and remain friends to this day.
When I was born in 1939 my folks lived in the 500 blk of E. 15th St. Great place to
grow up in back then. Our house in this picture is almost obscured but the trees
beyond it are clearly discerable, trees that we all played in and swung from a long
jute rope. Really miss those days.
stephen ziers 01-Sep-2009 23:52
My parents bought a house on W. 31st between 3rd and 4th ave. I belive it was purchased in 52 or 53, I was born at Hialeah Hospital in 56 and lived their until 1980. Wow how thing went up fast back then.
Alford17-May-2008 05:35
We moved to Hialeah in 1951 when I was three years old. From this picture, I can see our neighborhood, the very block where our house was built on East 30th Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue. East 25th Street is to the left and you will notice the two lanes divided by a grass median. I am in awe of this shot; I've never seen my old neighborhood this undeveloped, though we have pictures of our house being built amid other vacant lots.

30th Street is to the bottom of the picture, to the right, the last street that (vertical looking west) leads to 4th Avenue (horizonal looking north south) and at the edge of the track with the pine trees. The small black "house" roof one sees at East 30th and 4th Avenue is really a bar - I think the name of it was the Race Track Bar, but I can't be sure - and the owner lived in the house next to it on 30th Street, which from this photo looks to me as if you can see the house. I think the woman's name was Gertie who owned the bar with her husband. Of course, my folks would know all of this exactly, but they have passed away.

BTW, hello Guy Brickman. You were my family's insurance agent, if I recall!
GUY BRICKMAN 04-Dec-2007 11:36
Wow, We lived at Palm Ave and West 24 St. There was 6 boys in 1947 this photo was taken just before the flood in Oct 1947. The Hialeah Race Track was our playground. Our family moved to Hialeah in 1944. Guy Brickman
laurag 31-Aug-2007 18:18
Hialeah Park is such a great place. It's a shame that they demolished the barn area. They could have been restored and Hialeah Park can be used for something better than a housing. The memories of the track will always be alive in me.
Guest 29-Aug-2007 03:34
I totally agree with Connie. I can't believe the stables are gone now! Granted, the fragrance of the horses being housed there was not all that pleasant on the daily drive or walk on the streets surrounding it, but I always knew (that I was) and appreciated living umong a huge part of history! It's a very cool place :)
CONNIELIND 04-Jun-2007 21:53
MY HUSBAND,ROLF LIND, WAS WORKING AS A UNION CARPENTER AT THE RACE TRACK WHEN JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS SHOT. IT'S A SHAME THAT CHARM HAS TO BE REPLACED BY CONCRETE. MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS A HORSE TRAINER IN THE MIDWEST. LOTS OF SENTIMENT BEING DESTROYED IN OUR COMMUNITIES.