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Outside Springfield, Illinois, thousands watch the races at the National Horse Fair

National Horse Fair, Springfield, Illinois, September 1865, artist's impression
09/28/1865
The National Horse Fair at Springfield, Illinois, held over several days, featured exhibitions of thoroughbreds, a demonstation of women's equestrianism, and other events.  The highlight of the meeting were the races, taking place on a purpose-built for the event track with very large grandstands.  Newspaper reports indicated that up to 10,000 people enjoyed the races on this day.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The National Horse Fair in Illinois," Harper's Weekly Magazine, October 7, 1865, p. 629. 
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