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Collection: Marvin D. Boland Collection
Description: Lumber to be used to build Tacoma's wooden track in stacks at the Speedway. Prior to 1915, the two-mile oval Tacoma Speedway was a dirt track which often provided a jolting, tough ride. When it rained and the track became too soggy for use, races were cancelled. In 1915 a split board track replaced the dirt with the lumber shown above. Several auto racers, including Earl Cooper, Jim Parsons, Hughie Hughes, Billy Carlson, Wilbur De Alene and G.E. Ruckstell, had previously advised that the Speedway should be paved with creosote wood blocks instead to make it the fastest and safest auto racetrack in the world. The ride would be smoother and it would be easier on the tires and less strain on the driver. (TNT 7-5-14, 5-B-article on creosote blocks)
Subjects: Tacoma Speedway (Lakewood); Racetracks--Lakewood--1910-1920; Lumber;
Image type: Black & White
Original negative: 5x7"
Negative type: Glass negative
Rights: See Tacoma Public Library for specific rights and permissions.