Located in Northeast Pennsylvania in Lake Ariel lies the slowly fading remnants of what was a lively yet dusty slice of Americana.
As a boy visiting my great-grandparent’s farm nearby, I would sit on the porch with my dad and hear the faint roar of the races rising over the hayfields on summer twilight evenings. Our visits over there to briefly watch from the other side of the fence always resulted in our returning to a dust-covered car parked in the lot.
The track closed in 2004. I visited Thanksgiving morning just 11 years later to see just how well (or not) it was faring.
The site is somewhat accessible, for you have to trek through a trailer park to get to a section that is a quick bushwack onto the former track. The middle is filled with all sorts of debris.
Some of the infrastructure still remains…just enough to provide the curious visitor some clues as to what this may have been back in the day.
The main building still stands, yet is difficult to reach due to the amount of growth surrounding it. There are also plenty of hazards including rusty nails sticking up from rotting boards, so I had to tread carefully.
Inside there were small “treasures” to be found…just enough to provide hints as to what purpose this place may have served.
Around back looks as though it was the parking lot at one time. Again, various random debris could be found scattered about including an abandoned Airstream!
Who knows….perhaps racing in NE PA will someday have a resurgence:
Some additional info about the Speedway: