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t m /i, i1 ! I 23, 1958 actual construction work was started on building of a new race track on a 137-acre strip of rockland which of Robert Rutherford, celebrated Indian fighter, who commanded Rutherford's "Rangers" in the years of 1756-1760. Rutherford was protecting the Virginia frontier against raids of the various Indiian tribes in the area. Flowing the home of Rutherford. Then 100 years later it was Colonel Singleton Mosby and his group of picked men. known who invaded this same land The invaders in January 1958 however, were not Rangers of any type, but they up things around Flowing Springs and out of all their efforts has come a huge new and lavish race track with area for 5,000 automobiles, a clubhouse that is America's most luxurious, and a grandstand that can comfor- many as 5,000 racing fan's. All these modern facilities are shown in the aerial view which shows the entire Wns property. Shenandoah" To Be Honor Guest QUEEN SARA ELAINE ATWOOD .top celebrities of honor on racing pro- grand open- of Shenandoah newest and L'ack which has at Charles Sara Elaine At- beauty from An largest city in ~ho will be rein- ing as Queen of the 32nd annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festi val in Winchester, Va., April 30, May 1. Officials of Shenandoah Downs added another allowance race to the Saturday racing schedule of nine races in honor af the Queen. The race will be known as ~t, he A-ple Blossom Purse, a test at 1 1/16 miles for three-year-olds and up. The Apple Blossom race will carry a purse of $3,000. Looked Rough, 'Twas Rough : i: :!:i( i . Senator Randolph Distinguished Guest iii!!iiiiii:ii!i~ii?ii~:iliiiiii!iii U. S. SENATOR JENNINGS RANDOLPH One of the top state and nat- as executive vice-president, Sena- tonal figures to be on hand for the second evening's ,program of the two-day grand opening and !dedication of Shenandoah Downs race track will be West Virgin- ia's Senior Senator Jennings Ran- ,doiph. Senator Randolph ~ll pre i sent the Apple BlosSom trophy to the winner of the feature race. Being from Elkins, W. Va. and having served this Second' Con- !gressional District for some time before going with Capital Airlines tor Randol,ph has hundreds of tvps Charles Town and Jeff- erson County, but none to help open and dedicate such a huge new and modern industry which has come to the county. This will be his first trip to this new $4,000, 000 race track and he is expected to be accompanied to Charles Town by a number of other out- standing, personalities in Wash- ington, D. C. SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SATURDAY PROGRAM AT SHENANDOAH DOWNS For the Saturday program of the big two-day opening and dedication of Shenandoah Downs, a number of state officials will be on hand for a special program of events along with a number of outstanding personalties who are expected to accompany Wes't Virginia's U. S. Senator Jen- nings Randolph to Charles Town. "Miss Shenandoah Apple Blosson" Queen of the Winches- ter Shenandoah Apple Blossom FestivaJ, will be the honored guest. ...... i : ] The Honorable Jennings Randolph, Senior United States I Senator from West Virginia, will head the list of distiv- and the good earth .had_h) be moved in guist ed guests. the settling of Jefferson county, so it wa~s in 0 Shenandoahthe huge jObDownsOf constructingrace track thenearneWcharleslandl The "Apple Blossom Purse," eighth race of the nine-race had to be moved, blasted down to an lPrgram, with a $3,000 purse, and an Apple Blossom Tro- Sight. Solid cuts as deep as 18 to 25 feet came Id the dynamite man had to load heavy. More the earth shook for days, heavy machinery mired down--but the work went along. Today, is ready for its grand opening Friday, May 1, sight to see. A perfect 5/8th-mile racing house and wide concourses ample enough of more than 15,000 the 22-acre parking sec- Unloading platform, a spur track close to the house entrances are all done and ready. This tct recreation plant has a scenic view that covers miles ,the all-embracing ,beautiful Blue Ridge Park, Best All-Time Feat One of .the best riding feats of al ltime was performed by Bobby Permane in 1944. Perm, ane rode five winners per ,afternoon for three straight days a:t Tropical Park. won sev- races on t~he Jf -mile ~rack, phy, will be the feature race of the program. The complete program for Saturday is as follows: 5:00 to, 6:00 P. M.---Concert, Charles Town High School Band. 7:45 P. M.---First Race of the Evening's Card. 10:15 P. M.---(Before Eighth Race)Presentation of ",Miss Shenandoah Apple Blossom" to Grandstand Audience. 10:20 P. M.--"The Apple Blossom Purse" (Eighth Race on Program) $3,000. Presentation of Apple Blossom Trophy ,by Senator Randolph to Winner of Race. 10:45 P. M.wThe Ninth and Final Race of the E ening. With his other Hartack Will Have Mounts At Shenandoah Downs BILL HARTACK Bill Hartack, one of the lead- ing riders in the country, will be reunited his first agent when he rides on .the May 4 program at Shenandoah Downs. Hartack will fly up following his trip aborad Easy Spur in the Ken tucky Derby and is expected to ac- cept mounts of Norman tJunie) Corbin along with other trainers at the new night track. General Manager Rober.t G. Leavitt an- nounced yesterday that Hartack will be at Shenandoah. Corbin, a Charles Town con- ditioner, was the first to sign Hat- tack :to a riding contract, send- ing him on his way to the big time. Following success at Charles Town, Hartack went on to be- come the leading rider in the country two years in a row. If Corbin gets horses into the program May 4, Hartack is con- sidered a cinch to ride them. The ~wo have remained close friends. Shenandoah Downs opens a 62 night meeting May 1 with the By Don Rentch Almost 200 years ago Thomas Jefferson stood on a high rock at tlarpers Ferry, later named Jefferson's Rock, and looking down upon the magnificent panorama which unfolded below, wrote in his "Notes on Virginia" the following about this beau- tiful spot---"This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic. But few people, other than Jefferson, paid little attention in those days to nature's wonders at ttarpers Ferry, or anywhere else for that matter. Man then was too busy driving the Catawba, Delaware, Tuscarora, and Shaw. nee lnd an tribes from the "territory; he was too )usy building a county and forg- ing on westward to build a nation, to give time, or very much attention, to anything else. And so this scenic grandeur and aw -inspiring spectacle which nature's own forces provided man thousands of years before, drew the attention and interest $5000 Governor's l~arse. Governor Cecil H. Underwood of West Vir- ginia will dedicate the $4 million night Plant in 7:30 ceremonies. only of a few close by. Future Was On Farm For the most part the early set- tlers~ after breaking and clearing the land settled down to tilling it. Thus Jefferson County moved in- to the vanguard of ~the agricul- tural revolution, helping to ,make each Iarmer feed more and more peoples then when he .firs,t shoved a hoe and shovel into the sod to see what he could grow. And by working from daylight to dark down on the fal, m, they had nO time for telling the world, or ~even their fellow West Vlrginians, what else the county had to offer be- sides rich farmlands and fine prod ucing fruit trees. Later the county's hard rock ledges with their high limestone content attracted the attention of some from outside the state and soon lime and cement quar- ries began to be opened up in var ious parts of the county. Thus Jefferson county became a rock quarrying and agricultural area and it remained such for many many years. As a matter of fact about 150 years went by before any real at- tention was given to this majestic !scenery which Harpers Ferry and other part~ of Jefferson county has to offer. About 25 or 30 years i ago, however, ar'tls,L~ and photo- graphers heai,d about it and :they came to paint and picture it. Soon Harpers Ferry had gained the distinction of having been painted and picttlred as many times and as many different ways, as any place in the country. And so act- ually it was this vanguard of painters and photographers who came from far and wide, who first opened the door for the tourist,~ to begin pouring into Jefferson county. Today, however, the tourists are not coming just to see these longl unexploited :beauties of nature, i They have undoubtedly heard of them any chapters of American history that have been written at Harpers Ferry, Charles Town and in other parts of Jefferson coun- ty. They also apparently have heard, or are hearing now, about the recerational wonders which man has carved out of the rocks and hills of the county. So ,today they come to see nature's beaut- ies to learn of history, and to en- joy the Summer fun offered now In a land perfect for outdoor re- creation. Have Been Busy But why have Jefferson County and it's peoples not developed sooner this great industry which tl]ey have so long had to offer the naVion and the world? Possibly they've been too busy looking on the other side of the fence for industries to see the beauty of the velvetry green forests of the Blue Ridge mountains and the emerald green waters of the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers which are in their own front yalxi. At least history and grandsires tell us we've been busy. And jtL~t what have we done since Jefferson made his observation from the rock at Harpers Ferry? Both tell us that as a county we have been through the danger ous days of the rifle-toting and axe-swinging pioneers. We first mu.~ied ourselves with driving out the French and the Indians, and then later the British, We have written chapter after chapter of early American history, including the one when men and mules sweated and toiled to convert the iron ore pockets which Jefferson coun,ty had along the banks of tl~e Shenandoah River, into pig-iron that helped to build a nation. We spent much time harnessing the many county streams to mill the valley's grain; in sheering sheep and weaving it's wool; and in con vevting trees into lumber to build homes and mills. After the mills were built to provide the food and homes for personal comfort, the age of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad can Continued On Page 7-B SPIRI OF JEFFERKON FAaMaRS ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MAY a0, 1959 \ "'*" " k \ . ,. ~ .'" % .. ,. ., m Good Luck from J L's Blair Limestone Division We wish Shenandoah Downs success in bringing all the excitement andrthrills of the Sport of Kings to the people of Charles Town and the surrounding area. Jones & Laughlin is happy to have supplied the crushed stone aggregate used in the concrete work of the beautiful Shenandoah Downs track. Shenandoah Downs is' sure to be a racing show-place as well as a source of pride to ( harles Town. Jones & Laughlin Steel Oorpora*Jon, BLAIR LIMESTONE DIVISION, MARTINSBURG. W. VA, /, i ii