Photo Gallery

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Historic Pictures

Aerial view of the track
An aerial view of Phoenix Trotting Park with the training track visible in the foreground.
Photo by: Robert Talbert for Hoof Beats Magazine, Feb 1965.
Aerial view of the track
An aerial view of Phoenix Trotting Park.
Photo by: Robert Talbert for Hoof Beats Magazine, Feb 1965.
Aerial view from the Goodyear Blimp
An aerial view of Phoenix Trotting Park taken from the Goodyear Blimp. During its stay in sunny Litchfield Park, the Association arranged flights for visiting horsemen.
Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine, Jan 1965.

Front view of the grandstand in 1965
Phoenix Trotting Park grandstand was fully enclosed and heated providing maximum comfort to guests watching the trotting races during the winter months. The press box is visible at the top center of the grandstand.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Rear view of the grandstand in 1965
The rear facade overlooks the parking lot and main entrance. At center, the large staircase tower leads to the upper levels of the clubhouse and along the top of the grandstand, a glass cantilever that houses various offices, lounges and other amenities.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Opening Night Race Jan 1965
A field getting underway on opening night 1965 before a gala crowd of more than 12,000 spectators.
Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine, Dec 8, 1965.

Drivers at the Opening Night Race
Drivers at the opening night race.
Photo by: Robert Talbert for Hoof Beats Magazine, Feb 1965.
View of the Stables
The concrete stables were touted as being fire-proof.
Source: Robert Talbert for Hoof Beats Magazine, Feb 1965.
A View of the horse stables
Phoenix Trotting Park had stables for more than 1,000 horses which were constructed of concrete.
Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine, Jan 1965.

Profile view of the grandstand in 1965
Profile view of the grandstand, showing the side windows and interior support columns. Note, on the left side, the rounded section of the cantilever that runs along the rear facade.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
View of Grandstand from Turn 1
View of the grandstand from Turn 1.
Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine, Jan 1965.
One of the largest glass installations in the country
One of the largest glass installations in the country. The facade is 48-ft. high by 472-ft. long.
Source: Gordon Sommers for Architecture West Magazine, Mar 1966.

Detail view of ceiling vents
Looking up, this viewpoint shows the remarkable details of the ceiling heating, the supporting posts, and the framed windows with virtually invisible wiring. On the ground floor, a set of stairs (in the foreground) provide access to the grandstand and its 73-meter long Pari-mutuel betting counter. Open to the outside, the ground floor is essentially an annex of the lawn.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Interior view of Phoenix Trotting Park in 1965
Another inside view of the grandstand, with loads of restaurants, snack bars and other places to eat. Visible in the center of the track is the electronic scoreboard.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Escalator to the Clubhouse
The tower of the clubhouse. Detail view showing the start of the escalator in the vast hall of the tower. On the mezzanine, one perceives, through the glass, the cantilever of the rear facade of the structure.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Second floor restaurant
The restaurant on the second floor. The large windows offer remarkably good views of the track; there is no need to leave the table or get up to follow the race results.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
View of the third floor betting counter
The third floor with pari-mutuel betting counter. This view shows the magnitude of the triangular section of the hollow beams which support the roof slab by solid intermediate beams. The long beams are air ducts for heating, with diamond expansions that create a beautiful decorative effect.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
View of spectator seating area
Viewing section of the grandstand. What is striking in this photograph is the comfort that spectators enjoy; but what you can not see is that their warmth is provided, from top to bottom, through the vents in the hollow beams supporting the roof and in which is pushes the warm air from devices situated on the ground-floor and first floor.
Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Clubhouse Entrance Illuminated at Night
Clubhouse entrance illuminated on Opening Night (Jan 11, 1965).
Photo by: Robert Talbert for Hoof Beats Magazine, Feb 1965.
Original Trotting Park Seats
A photo of the original seats in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Trotting Park Escalator in 1965
A photo of the original escalator and light fixture. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.

Front of Grandstand in 1965
Front of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Rear of Grandstand in 1965
Rear of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Detail of Grandstand in 1965
Detail of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.

Trotting Park Postcard
A color postcard, date unknown. Source: John F.
Trotting Park Scale Model
A scale model from 1965. Source: unknown.
Horsemens Handicap Golf Tournament
Horsemens' Handicap Golf Tournament at the Wigwam Country Club, Litchfield Park, Arizona 1965. Back Row (left to right): Jim Wells, Jim Moran, Glydon Willis, Paul Lomber, Gay Parker, Andy Palazzolo. Front Row (left to right): Ray Gillilan, Warren Dickey, Jim Dunnigan, Jr. Source: unknown.

The Dunnigans pose with Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian
Left to right: James J. Dunnigan Jr., famed Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian (center), and James J. Dunnigan Sr pose for a photo.
Source: unknown.
Trotting Park Founders on Opening Night in 1965
Robert G. Johnson, George Morton Levy, James J. Dunnigan Sr., and James G. Wells at opening night ceremonies (Jan 11, 1965).
Source: unknown.
Workers preparing programs
Phoenix no cow town - Phoenix Trotting Park is mailing 5,000 copies of the March issue of Arizona Highways magazine, which features "The Changing Face of Phoenix," to harness racing enthusiasts around the United States. The objective is to tell horse people that Phoenix is a busy, thriving community, not a cow town. Readying the mailing are Debrah Dougherty and Cammilla Crowley, high school teen-agers employed through the summer Youth Employment Service operated by the state. Phoenix Trotting Park's inaugural 60 night season starts next January 11, 1965.
Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Sept. 9, 1964.

Water Truck spraying down the track
Water truck spraying down the track. Source: unknown.
Los Angeles Turf Express
Horses being loaded into a "Los Angeles Turf Express" trailer. Source: unknown.
Los Angeles Turf Express
Horses being loaded into a "Los Angeles Turf Express" trailer. Source: unknown.

Horses Trotting Around the Track
Horses trotting around the track. Source: unknown.
Harness Racing at Santa Anita Park in California
This image is NOT from PTP, but at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. It shows the drivers on the sulkies (two wheeled carts) that are an integral part of Harness Racing. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Trotters at at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA
This image is NOT from PTP, but at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. It shows the drivers on the sulkies (two wheeled carts) that are an integral part of Harness Racing. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.

Vintage Phoenix Horse Racing Photo from 1965
A woman posing by a horse with Phoenix Trotting Park grandstand clearly visible in the background. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Man posing by horse in vintage photo
A man in a cowboy hat posing next to a horse in this vintage photo. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Woman posing next to horse
Woman posing next to horse. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.

Man posing by horse in vintage photo
Inspecting the horse's shoes. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Woman posing next to horse
Young man with a flat top haircut posing next to horse. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Woman fastening a button
Woman fastening a button on a driver's outfit next to horse. Source: unknown.

Vintage Phoenix Horse Racing Photo from 1965
Two men appear to be talking business. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
 
 

Vintage Ads

Billboard Advertisement
A Phoenix billboard advertising the Trotting Park. Year is not known, but is estimated to be early 1965. Source: Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), Duke University Digital Collection.
Action Arizona Style
"Action - Arizona Style" Phoenix billboard advertising the Trotting Park. 1964/1965 approx. Source: Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), Duke University Digital Collection.
Vintage Ad
This funny promotional photo for the Trotting Park features a bullwhip used for "Admissions Control" and a sign that says "When all else fails, try doing it the way the boss suggested." Source: unknown.

Official Program from 1965
An official Racing Program from March 1965. Source: Dave Weaver.
Hoof Beats Magazine
PTP on the Cover Story of the February 1965 issue of Hoof Beats magazine. Source: Dave Weaver.
Harness Horse Magazine
Phoenix Trotting Park on the cover of the Jan. 20, 1965 issue of The Harness Horse magazine. Photo by: Annie.

Youre The Talk of Our Town ad
A 1964 magazine ad "You're the Talk of Our Town!" Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Oct 14, 1964.
The Dunnigans Invite You to a Fabulous Phoenix Winter
The Dunnigans invite you to a fabulous Phoenix winter! Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Oct. 20, 1965.
Horseman's Holiday at the Wigwam
Print advertisement for a "Horseman's Holiday" special event at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Sept. 9, 1964.

This Entry a Sure Winner
Print ad announcing the merger of the Buffalo Raceway and Phoenix Trotting Park into one corporation. Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Nov. 18, 1964.
Grand Opening Flyer
A flyer advertising the Grand Opening ceremony on January 11, 1965. Source: unknown.
Letter to All Horsemen
An open letter to all horsemen from James J. Dunnigan. Source: Harness Horse Magazine, Sept. 16, 1964.

December 1965 Magazine Ad
Christmas ad for the Trotting Park from December 1965. Source: unknown.
 
 

Exterior Pictures

Trotting Park Aerial Photo by Tim Roberts
The Trotting Park with Interstate 10 in the background and the White Tank Mountains on the horizon. Photo by: Tim Roberts Photography (2009). Used with permission.
Trotting Park Aerial Photo by Tim Roberts
The Trotting Park with Cotton Lane RV Resort in the background, and the Sierra Estrella mountains on the horizon. Photo by: Tim Roberts Photography (2009). Used with permission.
Trotting Park Long Exposure at Night
Long exposure night photo (1999) from the book "Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration" (2008).
Photo by: Troy Paiva of LostAmerica.com. Used with permission.

Side profile view
Side profile view from 2017. Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.
Staircase leading up to the Clubhouse level
Staircase leading up to the Clubhouse level. Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.
Side profile view
Detail shot of the beautiful concrete arch that flows over the East entrance gate. Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.

View of the Trotting Park off in the distance
View of the Trotting Park from 2003. Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.
Close up shot of the Grandstand
Close up shotail of the Grandstand from 2003. Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.
Side profile view
Corner detail of the Grandstand from 2003. Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.

Trotting Park in 2013
The Trotting Park viewed from Interstate 10.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Phoenix Trotting Park
The Trotting Park from the west.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Trotting Park windows
Looking towards the grandstand from the infield. The windows were blown out during the filming of the movie No Code of Conduct in 1998.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com

Corner detail
This rounded corner was originally a restaurant and bar called the "Water Ski Club."
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Rounded triangle windows
Window detail.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Public entrance gate
The Trotting Park featured entrances at the east and west end, and this one in the center. The center entrance had an escalator to take guests up to the Clubhouse level.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Rounded triangle windows
Long row of windows.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
 
 

Interior Pictures

Asbestos cleanup June 2017
Asbestos cleanup, June 2017.
Photo by: Ryan L. Used with permission.
Asbestos cleanup June 2017
Asbestos cleanup and remediation, June 2017.
Photo by: Ryan L. Used with permission.
Interior view of the Trotting Park
Asbestos cleanup, June 2017.
Photo by: Ryan L. Used with permission.

Concrete staircase
Ground floor: concrete staircase.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Support columns
Ground floor: support columns.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior debris
Ground floor: piles of debris.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Stairs to grandstand level
Stairs from the ground floor up to grandstand level. It is amazing how much of the facility is built of concrete.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Inside of the grandstand
Interior view of the grandstand. It was designed to offer patrons the most unobstructed view of the track possible.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior bird droppings
Large piles of bird droppings, which are a health hazard to humans.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Grandstand ceiling
Ceiling detail showing the V-shaped roof supports which are hollow and double as heating ducts. The diamond shaped expansions are for decoration.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior concours level
The third floor, where the betting counter used to be. You can also see the heating vents better. The Trotting Park was not air conditioned, it was only used in the winter.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Inside of the grandstand
This is the pari-mutuel betting counter on the third floor, where patrons placed their bets on the horses.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Interior wall knocked out
Wall knocked out.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Smashed toilets in restroom
Smashed toilets in restroom.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Gutted interior walls
Gutted interior.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

View of the seating area
View of the seating area in 2003.
Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.
Equipment room
Equipment room in 2003.
Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.
Electrical equipment room
Electrical equipment room in 2003.
Photo by: Gary R. Used with permission.

View from the roof
View from the roof.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Another view from the roof
Another view from the roof.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
View from the skybox
View from the skybox, looking south towards the Sierra Estrella mountains.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

An old escalator
The main escalator which led up to the Clubhouse level.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
An old escalator
The main escalator and the remains of the mid-century light fixture.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
View of the staircase
View of the staircase tower from the rear of the building.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Looking out from the Clubhouse entrance
Looking out from the Clubhouse entrance.
Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.
Escalator in the Clubhouse entrance
Escalator in the Clubhouse entrance.
Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.
View of the staircase
View of the staircase tower going to the clubhouse.
Photo by: D.S. Used with permission.


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