Gen­eral Philip Sheri­dan’s

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Wash­ing­ton Park Race Track in about 1898. Al­though the Amer­i­can Derby was run at Wash­ing­ton Park in 1893 for an ex­cep­tion­ally rich purse, grow­ing anti-gam­bling

sen­ti­ment shut­tered the venue the next year. It re­opened spo­rad­i­cally un­til be­ing bull­dozed in 1905 when gam­bling was out­lawed in Illi­nois. This photo gives a good idea of a mid­dle-class out­ing in the Gay Nineties; those who did not rate grand­stand seats were rel­e­gated to turf ris­ers cut into the ground. Note the va­ri­ety of wooden chairs, which peo­ple brought from home and car­ried onto the “el” as they trav­eled to the track. The wom­ens’ dresses and flow­ered hats are pretty, the men are dap­per in their hats, and folks look like they’re hav­ing a grand time.

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