110 years ago today, the first race sped across the historic local track known as The Milwaukee Mile. The Milwaukee Mile holds the distinction of being the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, and it is located right on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Not only has it hosted a plethora of famous racers over the years, from Barney Oldfield to Mario Andretti to Danica Patrick, but also the field in the middle of the mile-long track used to host the Green Bay Packers from 1934-1951. This little bit of local history continues to be active to this day, with races held every year. While racing season has mostly wound down for the year, keep an eye on the track's website for announcements for next year's exciting speed-and-asphalt events.
For those wanting to look more into the exciting history, our Arts, Music, and Recreation room at the downtown Central Library location actually has programs from old Milwaukee Mile races available for reference use. Not to mention material on other racing-related topics for research and check-out available at most library locations. Stop in today!