Hialeah Park Photo and History

A photograph and history of the historic Hialeah Park Race Track near Miami in South Florida This historic race track is located in Dade County in the Miami Suburb of Hialeah. It is one of the oldest recreational facilities in Southern Florida. See also our Hialeah_Travel and Miami_Travel guides.
Hialeah Park Racetrack

Hialeah was originally developed by rancher James H. Bright and aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss. The track opened in 1922 as the first greyhound parimutuel track. That dog racing track was developed by Owen P. Smith and operated by the Miami Kennel Club.

In 1924 Joseph M. Smooth established the Miami Jockey Cluband he constructed a horseracing track and grandstand next to the greyhound dog racing track. The Hialeah Racetrack for horse racing opened on January 15, 1925. At that time it included a clubhouse, an administrative building, stables, a jai-alai fronton, a roller coaster, and a dance hall. After a hurricane destroyed much of the park in 1926 Hialeah Park was completely renovated and it became primarily a horse racing track.

Hialeah Park is the oldest continuously operating turf horseracing track in the United States. On March 2, 1979 it was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places. On January 12, 1988 it was declared a United States National Landmark.

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