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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sea Beach Spur to the Gravesend Race Track in 1891?
Author: Bien, Joseph Rudolp (1858-1950)
Date of Map: 1891
Page IV, Series 7
Folks, I took this clip off another on line map site, called "David Rumsey Historical Map Collection". There is great stuff there. As I was looking at the Gravesend Race Track area from 1891, I noticed that on the map, there appears to be a spur from the Sea Beach Line, that was steam at the time and ran on the surface to the Gravesend Race Track at Gravesend Avenue. I did not know of this and I am not sure if it existed. The race track loop, as seen in the above map, is slightly out of place compared to my 1924 Aerial posting. The race track path was much closer (the northern part) to Ocean Parkway than shown on the map. Notice the streams that cross Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenues. Notice a Johnston Avenue which does not exist now. This Sea Beach spur, if existed, and shown on the map, run perpendicular to Gravesend Avenue and meet the Race Track at right angles.